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Purple Passion

ami earringsWith February more than half over, I figured it’s time to talk about Amethyst! And, I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit of my inner Gemologist – geek yearning to be free!

Amethyst is the February birthstone, for those of you that missed the reference above. It is part of the quartz family and definitely one of the most popular colored gemstones. Ideally, Amethyst should be a deep, rich purple, but it is also seen in much less saturated, very pale tones, sold as Rose de France.  A lot of amethyst is mined in Brazil and the gorgeous stone is affordable and often available in large sizes.  So, if you’re the type that loves a killer, eye catching cocktail ring of 10 carats plus, this could be a stone for you!

Throughout history there has been a lot of lore and superstition surrounding the stone.  “The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instills a sober and serious mind. It was believed that if a person drank from a cup or goblet made entirely of amethyst, he or she would not get drunk at all.” (1)

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“Throughout the ages, powerful and rich monarchs have used Amethyst as a symbol of royalty, and some Amethysts even decorate the British Crown Jewels. Rumor has it that Amethyst was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia. Historically, the stone was believed to assist prophecy and visions and to bring riches and powers to its owners.” (2)

Well, on that note, I’m going to put all of my amethyst jewelry on! Riches and power, HERE I COME!!!

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Jewelry


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Pinky Tuscadero

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Pink diamonds. Which one of us wouldn’t want one of those? But, the real question is, who could actually afford one? A better option for most of us, especially, if you buy your own jewelry (like I always do, unfortunately) is Morganite. Morganite is a gorgeous pale, peachy, blush pink color, that is affordable and often found in large sized stones.

I’m going to try not to get too gemologisty on you, but it is part of the Beryl family of gemstones. This is really interesting (ok, maybe I just find it interesting because I’m secretly a gemology nerd), because the most well known Beryl stones are Emerald and Aquamarine,( which are green and blue) and could’nt be further from Morganite. They are often referred to as pink Emeralds or pink Beryl and have been found in Brazil, Madagascar and Namibia, among others. “The gem entered the American market in 1911 when Tiffany & Co. introduced it and named it in honor of J.P. Morgan.” (1)

The sherbety pink stones look especially yummy set into rose gold, like my ring above, because it helps to intensfy the color. I’m usually NEVER a heart person, meaning I don’t like heart shaped jewelry and stones, but I fell in love with the color (and you will too) and just had to have it. There’s no better time of the year than Valentines Day to check it out, and while you’re at it –

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Oh, and I couldn’t resist the Pinky Tuscadero reference, being a life long Happy Days fan!!



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