Carved Amethyst Crystal Skull
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Gemstone skulls have a history full of mystery and intrigue. While we sell only the most beautiful skulls carved by artists around the world, modern carving practices, especially the carving of skulls, is done in homage to the mysteries of the past.
The art of carving crystal skulls is a nod to tradition. There are perhaps a dozen rare crystal skulls discovered throughout the mid 19th century that have fueled intense interest and controversy among archaeologists, scientists, spiritualists, and museum officials for more than a century. Many believe these skulls were carved tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization because of the prominent use of skulls in ancient artwork, particularly among the Aztec. Several Aztec gods were represented by skulls, so crystal skulls likely invoked these gods as a symbol of regeneration. However, recent electron microscope analyses of skulls by the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution revealed markings that could only have been made with modern carving implements. Both museums estimate that their skulls date to sometime in the mid to late 1800s, a time when public interest in ancient cultures was high and museums were eager for pieces to display.
There is passion on both sides, and the fact remains that no one knows for sure who made these skulls and when, and since there is currently no way to accurately determine the age of such inorganic objects, the mystery will likely continue.
This crystal skull is a product of modern-day artists from around the world. It was carved by hand, utilizing as much raw stone material as possible. Often the artist will incorporate unique attributes of the stone into the carving process to create entirely unique skulls.
A favorite material of ancient cultures, amethyst has endured the ages as one of man's most prized possessions. Amethyst ranges in color from a very light lavender to a deep violet shade of purple sometimes with slight hues of pink and red. Banded amethyst or cape amethyst may have lines of agate or chalcedony running through the amethyst. This may also be called chevron amethyst.
The main Canadian source of amethyst is near Thunder Bay, Ontario where mining has taken place intermittently over the last one hundred years. Scientists believe the amethyst find near Thunder Bay to be over one billion years old. Amethyst is found worldwide and has the distinction of being the birthstone for February and the official gemstone of the province of Ontario.
In the Middle Ages it was believed that amethyst would protect one from drunkenness and protect crops from evil spirits, blight and locusts. Some believe that amethyst has calming and protective qualities and that wearing amethyst will increase inspiration and intuition.
- Dimensions: 28 mm x 30 mm x 39 mm.
- Weight: 43 grams
- Genuine hand carved stone.
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- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
- This stone requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.