Celebrating the birthstone of February – Amethyst!

By: Amanda L. Colborn

Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.  Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

Raw amethyst at the AGS headquarters

Raw amethyst at the AGS headquarters

Amethyst pendant from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst pendant from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

Amethyst ring from Parlé Jewelry Designs

 

The Healing Power of Gemstones

By Amanda L. Colborn

According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  So whether shopping for a gift of fine jewelry, or considering a gift for yourself along the way, consider the healing properties of these fine gemstones. Birthday gemstones may not bake your cookies and wrap your gifts for you, but they will make you feel better while doing so.

Gemstone healing powers:

 Teething_Baroque_Cognac Amber – Thought to aid memory loss, purify the body, alleviate headaches, and bone and heart problems, Amber is known for its stress relieving and calming properties.
 amethyst-cz-silver-chandelier-earrings-p3984 Amethyst – Aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.
 a361624f0742cb5c868dba1924dc337d Aquamarine – Aids the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known for releasing fear, calming nerves, and bringing mental clarity.
 372839100_MV_ZM Citrine – Considered the gemstone to provide greater or increased hearing, Citrine also promotes success, abundance, and clear thinking.
 RareEarth_GarnetRing Garnet – Aids blood, heart, and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy.
 a9be12818148e5b73a94aa976e8a25ea Lapis – Thought to aid in the alleviation of insomnia and depression, Lapis is also known for creating openness, truthfulness, and creativity.
 5844cd1c-7d39-458c-8ccc-07b7380481b1 Onyx – Associated with the root chakra, Onyx brings spiritual inspiration, and control over emotions.
 Freshwater-Pearl-Necklace-Jewelry Pearl – Known for its calming properties, the Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer.
 vintage-style-peridot-ring-ENR8464PDC Peridot – Healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slowing aging, the Peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.
 ruby jewelry-3 Ruby – Aiding the emotions is the Ruby’s calling card. Also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.
 Luxury-Elegant-Sumptuous-Sapphire-Jewelry-Design-of-Baguette-Cut-Cake-Ring-for-Gift-Ideas-by-CRISLU-Jewelry-Los-Angeles1 Sapphire – The gemstone of creative expression and inner peace and meditation, the Sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.
 373079704_MV_ZM Topaz – One of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed.
 1000x1000 Turquoise – A gemstone steeped in lore and tradition, Turquoise is a healing and balancing stone.

 

February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers

 

Amethyst, ranging from a light to dark purple has been in popular use for centuries. Purple is often associated with royalty; notice how many people of power enjoy that deep, purple tone!  Amethyst was Catherine the Great’s favorite stone and can be found among the British Crown Jewels.

 

Amethyst is the purple variety of the Quartz species. It often has no imperfections, so it is very easy and appealing to make into large statement jewelry.

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Amethyst grows in an amazing rock called a geode. Amethyst geodes come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes the geode is so beautiful that you might not want to cut it to make a faceted stone. Some are small and can be used as a paperweight, others are large and can be displayed as a piece of art or decoration. Amethyst geodes can be so big that they are twice as tall as you! Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be in your garden?

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The name Amethyst comes from a Greek word that means “not drunken”, which is most likely where it’s healing properties come from.  Amethyst is said to be a sobering stone, healing all in the head. Whether you have a headache or are just in search of clarity, this is your stone.

 

February babies, you might have a shorter month, but you have gorgeous shades of Amethyst to choose as your birthstone. The lighter color also resemble this years Pantone Color of the Year! 

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Trend Spotting: Black Rhodium

For the last seven days, it has been “Jewelry Week” in Las Vegas. JCK, the largest jewelry show in the US, hosted over 20,000 jewelers and exhibitors, while six other smaller, yet equally fascinating, shows ran up and down the Strip. Though we spotted numerous trends, we want to share one , in particular, that we noticed: black rhodium. This dark metal mixes the edgy with the delicate when married with the right gemstones.

Sethi Couture struck on two trends in one ring: black rhodium and mixing black and white diamonds:

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Black Rhodium takes on a softer tone with this pretty amethyst cocktail ring from Ashi Diamonds.

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Other trends we spotted: turquoise anything (think chunky gorgeous jewelry) silver and on the bridal side, halo rings continue to be a strong favorite. What trends in jewelry are you loving?