Monday, February 06, 2012

Amethysts for February


I do love amethysts of all sorts: dark, light, dogtooth (white inclusions running throughout), Cape amethysts (very pale). Did you know that the word "amethyst" comes from the Greek language meaning "not drunken"? According to legend, the god of wine, Dionysus became angered at a young girl named Amethyst. She cried out for protection to Artemis (Diana) who turned her into a stone of pure quartz. When Dionysus saw her thus, he cried tears into his glass of red wine which then overturned onto the stone, colouring it a wonderful purple, creating the amethyst gemstone. So intertwined with Dionysus the amethyst became known for its ability to keep a drinker sober. Many believed that drinking from an amethyst goblet would render the alcohol incapable of causing intoxication in the drinker. Amethyst rings became popular for those who wished to keep a clear head during a night of revelry. 
   Above, a single stranded amethyst bracelet is accented by 14K goldfilled beads.  The cushion cut rectangles are especially pretty.  Three briolettes form a petal like design on one side of the bracelet.

Below, an amethyst bracelet has darker amethysts on one side, and three strands of lighter amethysts on the other.  On the single-stranded side, three nicely-sized amethyst nuggets lead to a lampwork bead by Robin Weber. Near the middle sterling silver rings dangle various charms including three small bezel-set amethyst ovals, a pendant charms with another faceted, bezel-set amethyst, and a sterling silver charm from the Thai Karen Hill Tribes.  The three strands of faceted oval amethysts provide a different look and texture to the other side of the bracelet.

Above, amethyst earrings feature nice chunky faceted nuggets of a medium colour, topped with spiral sterling beads and gem quality rondelles.  The earrings hang from sterling wires with spiral designs on the front. 
  It's not too late to order for Valentine's Day!

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16 comments:

Мира said...

Very interesting information and many beautiful jewelry.

Mandy said...

Thanks for the beautiful post- amethysts are one of my favorite gems.

Rachel said...

I love the affect of gold and amethyst. So royal. Beautiful piece. I have always picked silver accents myself but you inspire me to try something new. Now where can I buy an amethyst goblet?

Gold Rush Exchange said...

I love the jewelry.Amethysts gems are one of my top gems

jewelry said...

You choices in jewelry are great, love the posts!

Cora said...

Love the bracelet! I'm born in February so I'm always looking for beautiful amethyst pieces.

halo engagement rings said...

Thank you for this lovely post. Amethyst jewelry is incredibly beautiful and perfect for someone born in February.

Foredom said...

My eyes is on the amethyst earrings. They are just lovely! Great post!

deco said...

Interesting blog :) I added you to the list of my favourite blogs to follow it :)

Somerset wedding gal said...

Oh, my goodness, I love amethyst so much. These are beautiful.

JewellerLove said...

I love dark amethysts the most. Absolutely beautiful. Jewellers that sell amethysts are so amazing. Ah! Gorgeous gemstone. I think I like the bracelet the most. I almost want to get my wedding band with a different color gem...like amethyst. Is that weird..?

Artfully Organized said...

Gorgeous! I love amethyst, and you captured a real depth of color in your photos. Well done!

jewelry904 said...

Awesome post thanks for sharing! And I love the jewelry!

sam said...

very very intersting and highy awesome collection .

Raleigh Jewelry Store said...

Great Post! I love the gold with amethysts! keep up the good work.

jewellery said...

I loved the may collection. As its the birth month of the blogger the may collection was fabulous.