February Birthstone Guide: AMETHYST
Welcome February and happy birthday to all of the people born in this month! February babies have a BEAUTIFUL birthstone: Amethyst.
Amethyst is a type of quartz and is a beautiful blend of violet and red colors. Amethyst often occurs in geodes or in the cavities of granitic rocks, and can be found all over the world.
Amethyst is composed of quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust, second to Feldspar. Amethyst gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. Its hardness (a 7 on the Mohs scale) is the same as other quartz, which makes it a durable and lasting option for jewelry.
The name Amethyst comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness.
Amethysts are found mostly in Western India, Southern Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar, the United States, Soviet Union, Australia, South Africa, Southwestern Sri Lanka, South America and Africa.
We have picked out some of out favorite pieces of jewelry that feature AMETHYST, and we hope you love them too!
This wonderful ring features an oval amethyst, set in 10k white gold.
Another beautiful Amethyst ring:
The color of amethyst is known to be the color of ROYALTY. I especially love the bottom ring shown in the stacked picture. It features wire wrapping around a dainty 5mm amethyst gemstone.
The typical color of an amethyst boasts a rich violet-purple. It comes in all shades of purple, lilac and mauve. It is a variety of quartz, the most highly prized variety. The natural abundance and infinite variety of quartz have made it the most widely used of all gem minerals. It is often found in the form of six sided crystals. It occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks, particularly granite and gneiss. The physical properties of amethyst vary greatly from one location to another. Some experts can tell where an amethyst is from just by looking at it.
Amethysts are graded, with the best-quality, darkest specimens called “Siberian,” regardless of where they are from. Mid quality stones are “Uruguayan” and lesser quality specimens are “Bahain.” Pale stones are called “Rose of France.”
The set pictured below are a unique "funky" style that highlight our featured amethyst gemstone.
A trend we talked about last week was about gemstones in their ROUGH & RAW state. Rough gemstones can be JUST as beautiful as cut & polished ones. They have a natural uniqueness that can't be replicated. Pictured below is a new pendant featuring a raw amethyst gemstone, set in sterling silver, and hung on a dainty sterling silver chain.
This statement pendant is actually featuring a gemstone called "Ametrine", which is a mixture of amethyst and citrine (Citrine is the birthstone for November). Together, they form a fierce yellow to purple color that is highly sought after. Surrounding the Ametrine stone is sterling silver, which has a brushed finish.
This pendant features a wonderfully RICH amethyst gemstone, set in yellow gold, and has beautiful diamonds along the side to accent the amethyst. This necklace is surely fit for royalty!