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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Amethyst for February

Amethyst for February The word “amethyst” is taken from the Greek word “amethustos,” or “not drunken.” The Ancient Greeks felt amethyst could ward off intoxication and, therefore, carved many of their wine goblets from amethyst. Soldiers carried amethyst stones with them onto the battlefield because they believed amethyst helped them keep a level head in the midst of combat. This relationship between amethyst and its power to keep the wearer level headed persists to this day, as evidenced by the February stanza of the birthstone poem:

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and care,
If they an amethyst will wear.


Amethyst, is a part of the quartz family and appears in a range of light violet to deep purple as primary hues, with touches of red and blue possible as secondary hues. Because of these rich colors, royalty from the Middle Ages wore amethyst necklaces and amethyst rings.

Whether to keep someone’ s head calm, or simply for its royal beauty, amethyst jewelry makes the perfect gift for anyone, even those without a February birthday. Stop in our store to see our assortment of amethyst gems and amethyst jewelry, and find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Turquoise in December

December's birthstone is turquoise. Turquoise is found as an opaque stone, sometimes with thin translucent sections. The stone's hardness is almost equal to the glass used for windows, about a 6 on the Moh's scale. Turquoise's color spans awe inspiring powder and sky blues to innumerable combinations of blue-green and yellow-green. Copper in the gem causes the blue colors, while the gem's impurities cause the greens and yellows.

The name for “turquoise” originates in the 16th century and is derived from the French word for “Turkish.” This is because turquoise was originally brought to Europe from Turkey. For thousands of years before that, turquoise had been treasured in Persia (now Iran), used to decorate the domes of palaces because the breathtaking blue turquoise made the palaces appear to be heavens on earth.

Today, along with Iran, other parts of the world have become important producers of turquoise, including the United States, most notably Arizona and Nevada.. The turquoise mined in these places are cut and polished then set into turquoise jewelry which exhibits an understated beauty, including turquoise pendants and turquoise rings. This understated beauty, along with turquoise's many color combinations, make turquoise jewelry the perfect complement for almost any outfit and the perfect gift for any occasion.

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