February Birthstone Amethyst

February Birthstone – Amethyst

Happy Birthday to all you February babies! February’s birthstone is the sparkling Amethyst. This popular stone is actually quartz and refers specifically to the purple variety. This lovely gemstone is quite popular because not only is it beautiful it is also quite affordable. Did you know that Amethyst jewelry was once worn because it was believed that it helped you keep a clear head and avoid getting intoxicated. Amethyst was also a gemstone for royalty in the middle ages, and was as valuable as diamonds and rubies. Amethyst Details: MINERAL: Quartz CHEMISTRY: SiO2 MOHS HARDNESS: 7 Amethyst Cleaning and Care: […]more

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New Installment – Take a peek at Gemstones

Blue Fire Flashy Labradorite faceted center drilled teardrop briolettes by gemaliciousbeads on EtsyWhen I started out on this little jewelry making journey, I had no idea the number of different hats I would have to wear (so to speak). One of those hats is that of a geologist. I remember walking into my first gem show and my jaw hit the floor with all the different types and grades and cuts of gemstones. So, to help me learn and also to share my research I am going to start doing mini research projects on gemstones and sharing my findings here. […]more

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Take a Peek at – Amethyst

Here is my first installment of my gemstone series. In order to learn a little more about the stones I use I thought it would be helpful to post a little of what I have found out here. The first stone in this series is Amethyst, which also happens to be February’s birthstone. True Amethyst is the purple form of quartz. This stone can exhibit a wide range of purple shades from lilac to the most valuable form, a deep purple. It can come in many cuts as well from a smoth polished bead, to a rough cut druzy. Its […]more

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