Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION - Tess Salango-Trinidad

WE’VE just spent three days look­ing for af­ford­able amethysts. Used to be we could buy smaller pieces and they’d be priced based on weight. Now they’re mostly priced per piece. It’s al­most like they’ve be­come col­lec­tors pieces, they’re be­ing sold at col­lec­tors prices.

It’s in­evitable that amethyst prices would rise, con­sid­er­ing that crys­tals are not like fruits which are pro­duced reg­u­larly from the same trees. Many crys­tals take thou­sands of years to form and grow. Once mined, it will take years and years and years to re­place them.

I have no doubt that time will come when they’ll be mined out. The de­mand for crys­tals is world­wide, and their pop­u­lar­ity keeps grow­ing.

Nine years ago, in the early days of our busi­ness, we used to buy amethysts from the crys­tal shops in Manila and bring them to Baguio.

At about our third visit, the male helper at one of the shops there asked us if we wanted to buy di­rect from the im­porter and we as­sented. Although a bit fear­ful be­cause the guy was a stranger and he was lead­ing us to a sparsely pop­u­lated part of Manila, we fol­lowed him. The im­porter there gave us whole­sale prices. We were then able to sell amethysts at Manila prices.

And then the im­porter changed busi­ness. We now had to go back to buy­ing from the mid­dle­men, un­til we de­cided to search for amethysts and other crys­tals out­side the Philip­pines.

When we first met David, who has amethyst mines in Brazil, the prices of the amethyst were in­cred­i­bly af­ford­able even with ship­ping and cus­toms du­ties.

How­ever, ev­ery time we’d go back, David’s prices would rise. I re­mem­ber with a bit of sad­ness how in­ex­haustible the sup­ply of amethyst used to be. Now? It’s like the smaller pieces have sud­denly be­come rare. What we mostly see are the re­ally big and heavy ones. Even the num­ber of shops spe­cial­iz­ing in amethysts have grown less and less.

We haven’t seen David for about two years now, maybe he’s look­ing for another mine. Prob­a­bly he’s in Uruguay or Mada­gas­car where there are other amethysts mines aside from Brazil.

What we know is we haven’t found smaller ones for a while now. What’s so spe­cial about our amethysts?

We have a client who pur­chased a large fish shaped amethyst clus­ter from us. She used to be the black sheep in their fam­ily. There used to be a lot of dis­sent and hard feel­ings be­tween her and her sib­lings, but now, their re­la­tion­ships got bet­ter and more peace­ful. You could say she has be­come the screw that binds them all to­gether.

Amethyst is a stone of peace. Its beau­ti­ful pur­ple shade is syn­ony­mous with tran­quil­ity. Good sleep. It’s en­ergy is gen­tle and calm­ing. It is al­ways good to have an amethyst in the home. There is a spe­cial Feng Shui tech­nique with the amethyst so mar­ried cou­ples have a smoother re­la­tion­ship.

I have to re­it­er­ate, be­fore crys­tals can give you their gifts, they have to un­dergo a cer­tain process.

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