Amethyst traditionally worn to instil a sober and serious mind, is the stone worn by bishops, the colour echoing their purple robes. Alluvial deposits in Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia and Uruguay are the source of most amethyst, the birthstone for February. Cassandra likes to juxtapose it with rubies and aquamarine or green African garnets.
'If only I could have arrived like a migrating bird to the mouth of the January river- Rio de Janeiro- and plunged in to the azure ocean. What a beautiful land I would have seen.' Cassandra's words from the start of her Vibrant Brazil collection.