Amethyst, February’s Birthstone
Amethyst, February’s birthstone, occurs in many shades from a light lavender pink to a deep purple. It is also “pleochrioc”, which means that when light hits the gem, shades of different colours such as reds and blues can be seen.
Amethyst is now mined in several countries including the USA, Brazil, Madagascar and Kenya. It is probably the most well known member of the Quartz family of gemstones alongside Citrine.
This gemstone comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunken” because the ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst gemstone could prevent intoxication or drunkenness. The belief was so strong that the Greeks carved goblets out of the gemstone for drinking wine.
It is also considered an ideal gemstone for those struggling or recovering from alcoholism as it is said to protect against drunkenness.
In medieval times soldiers wore amulets with this gemstone whilst in battle because it was thought to have properties which would heal, mend and bring good luck. It is considered a symbol of peace of mind, modesty and piety. Some believe that it holds the powers to change anger to tranquillity and is used by crystal healers to revert negative energy into positive.
Amethyst is popular for its healing and meditative powers and purifies the mind body and spirit, helping to realign the chakras.
Not only is this gemstone the birthstone of February, it is also associated with the astrological signs of the Zodiac i.e. Aquarius, Aries and Capricorn.
One of the most popular of the lighter subtle lavender tones, know as “Rose De France Amethyst” comes through with bright bursts of brilliance. In the light it dances with liveliness and dazzle. A true lady of the gem world.
This gemstone is interesting in that it varies greatly from one location to another. Experts can identify the source mine just from a visual inspection. For example, Amethyst from Veracruz, eastern Mexico, tends to be very pale, and the crystals are usually found with clear quartz on the interior and purple on the outside. Specimens from Guerrero, southwest-central Mexico, are found the other way round and are some of the most valuable Amethyst crystals.
JANUARY TO JUNE BIRTHSTONES.
JANUARY BIRTHSTONES GARNET.
By her who in this month is born,
No gems save Garnets should be worn;
They will insure her constancy,
True friendship and fidelity.
Garnet is the ultimate gift of love. Today the gem continues to be a symbol of love, passion, eternity and warmth.
FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE AMETHYST.
The February born will find
sincerity and peace of mind;
Freedom from passion and from care
if they the Amethyst will wear.
Amethyst is considered a symbol of peace of mind, modesty and piety. Some believe that Amethyst holds power to change anger to tranquillity and is used by crystal healers to revert negative energy into positive. [Read More…] about January to June Birthstones
BIRTHSTONES JULY TO DECEMBER.
JULY BIRTHSTONE RUBY
The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.
No other gemstone shares it’s attachment to the feelings of love and passion. In the ancient world people believed that Rubies could help them predict the future. They have been worn as talismans to protect from illness or misfortune. It is also said that the wearer of a Ruby would enjoy romance, friendship, energy, courage and peace.
AUGUST BIRTHSTONE PERIDOT.
Wear a Peridot or for thee
No conjugal felicity.
The August born without this stone
‘Tis said must live unloved and loan.
Long associated with luck, many myths and legends celebrated this magical stone due to its apparent power to ward off evil spirits. Historically, if the stone was set in Gold or in any precious metal its capacity to bring the wearer luck and good fortune was even more intensified. In 2003 a NASA spacecraft identified the gem on Mars. [Read More…] about Birthstones July to December
Pink Gemstones and Diamonds
Green gemstones are beautiful in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings; they can all make great gifts. The natural world has produced gemstones of all imaginable shades of green expressed in amazing clarity and beauty. If the person you will be giving jewelry to is especially fond of pink, however, you might want to search specifically for pink gemstones. The beauty of the natural world is nearly endless, and there are many different gemstones to choose from as you search for the perfect one for your recipient. If you look online for pink and green stones, you are sure to find a variety of lovely jewelry designs that come with price tags much lower than what you would find in local stores.
Serpentine, jade, malachite, and emerald are just a few of the most popular and easily recognizable green gemstones. Some of them are very dark and almost appear black while others are light and subtle hues of green. Having several different gemstones in all variety of shades of green is nice because it lets you carefully select the exact stone and style that will fit the taste of your jewelry gift’s recipient; they will be sure to love it.
Modern jewelry designers have been using pink gemstones extensively and they have steadily grown in popularity in recent years. Some of the most rare and costly gemstones in the world are pink diamonds, so perhaps that has influenced the popularity of other pink gems. The grand majority of folks, though, will not be looking for pink diamonds but instead more reasonably priced gems that still look amazing in all forms of jewelry. There are many different kinds of pink stones such as tourmaline, morganite, rose quartz, sapphire, ruby, spinel, and kunzite; rose quartz is the most affordable of these options.
For people who love jewelry and are always searching for new and unique gems to add to their collection, zultanite gemstones are a rare and special option. They are green and pink because the light they are bathed in affects the way they are perceived. The gems are harvested in only one mine in the entire world, which is found in Turkey.
Green gemstones and pink gemstones can be used to create one of a kind jewelry that your gift recipient is sure to treasure. Rare gems make lovely gifts and look fabulous in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry.
Green Gems (such as Emeralds) and Associations
The Colour green is Synonymous with growth and nature, and is known for both it’s healing and relaxing properties.
Most theatres and television studios have “Green Rooms” where actors and actresses relax before performances.
When worn by men, the colour green is said to signify joyousness and transitory hope. In antiquity, when green was worn by women it was believed to represent childish delight and a will to change.
The colour is associated with the planet of Mercury and also Wednesdays, and in ancient times the graves of young virgins were said to be covered with green foliage. The colour has long been associated with sight and to that end has been said to help with forward thinking.
Theophrastus, a famous Greek philosopher, wrote about the benefits Emeralds would have on one’s eyesight.
The most famous of all green gemstones is the Emerald. This gem is more heavily included than others. Its vivid shades are said to aid the circulation of energy in the body and help remove energy blocks.
Less included gemstones include Green Sapphire, Peridot, Apatite, Serpentine and Jadeite. The colour green is also found in gems which are normally another colour such as Alexandrite, which is often described as “Emerald by day and Ruby by night” due to it changing colour in different lights.
Emeralds are renown for their incomparable colour. The Emerald has been prized for millennia. The ancient Egyptians mined Emeralds as early as 3000 BC, from the source that was by the Red Sea which was later known as “Cleopatra’s Mines”. She was the legendary beauty and was known to adore the gem.
The vivid green of the Emerald symbolizes spring and rebirth in many traditions. Emerald also has strong ties to Love, The ancient Romans dedicated the colour green to Venus, the goddess of love. In the middle ages, Emerald was used to foresee the future and also to protect against evil spirits.
Gold, Silver or Stone Jewelry
Gold and platinum are the two most important metals that are used for making jewelry. Out of the two the platinum is less popular and gold is more popular as it connects us with our tradition. Most of the traditional jewelry that is used for gifting in marriages and other such ceremonies is made out of gold, and this tradition is very ancient. Gold jewelry is not only gifted to women but it is popular amongst the men as well. It is simply impossible for women to carry such heavy gold jewelry at every occasion that she attends.
Gold is getting expensive day by day and there is also a threat of theft. For a change, when gold jewelry is incorporated with some precious and semi-precious stones it gives rise to very pretty and elegant looking jewelry known as Stone jewelry. Adding stones with not only gold but any other less precious metal will enhance its beauty. Not only adding elegance to jewelry, stones also changes the overall look of the jewelry, makes it lighter, easy to handle and take care of it.
When adding stones to jewelry, it adds so many features to it, it is likely that stone jewelry is preferred more and more over simple gold or any other metal jewelry. A stone used in jewelry is more commonly known as a gemstone, gem or a jewel. It is piece of mineral that is mined, cut into desirable intricate pieces, polished and then they come in use for making precious jewelry. There are two kinds of stones, Precious stones, which have a more intricate composition and are expensive: For example white diamond is the most precious stone, very popular and loved by women. Semi-precious stones are less intricate, easily available and less expensive.
Jewelry that entangled with them precious or semi precious stones are always superior and better than the simple one for many reasons. One of the reasons among them is new technologies and mixed media methods used by many young artists because of which jewelry making becomes easier. The ever rising price of gold, which is the basic material used for making so much conventional jewelry is another key reason for incorporating stones with metal. One of the facts that came in front is that most of the people do not like the yellow color of gold and so they prefer platinum or silver because of their white shiny color. If stones like diamonds are incorporated with gold the color of the gold can be hidden and a unique piece of jewelry is created.
When there is only 1 or 2 precious metals that can be used for jewelry making there is an unlimited choice of stones that can be entangled with them. Adding stones with metal gives an endless design options and materials such as gemstones and crystals can be incorporated with rings, necklaces, beaded jewelry and so much more. Even the celebrities are leading the stone trend as usual, sporting stones in many varieties from the small gemstone rings to the large stone and crystal embedded earrings and necklaces. With these few reasons it is clear to see why stones are all the rage this season.
When adding stones to jewelry it adds so many features to it, it is likely that stones jewelry is preferred more and more over simple gold or any other metal jewelry. The wide range of designs, shapes and colours add a new level in the beauty that is seen in Gemstone jewelry and gives the opportunity to wear different colours depending on the outfit that the women might wear. The ability to use so many colours depending on the occasion leads to a modern and new outlook on adornment compared with using just the same colour one finds in plain Gold, Silver or Platinum jewelry.
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Amber and some of its properties.
Amber is the fossilized resin of trees. Most of this gemstone is golden to golden orange, but green, red, violet and black Amber has been found.
Transparent or translucent, it usually occurs as modules or small, irregularly shaped masses, often with a cracked and weathered surface.
Amber may contain insects (and more rarely frogs, toads and lizards), moss, lichen or pine needles that were trapped millions of years ago while the resin was still sticky. Geologists have identified over 1000 different species of extinct insects purely by studying the gemstone. It really is a unique gem, providing a visual snapshot of what life was like around 50 million years ago.
Air bubbles may give Amber a cloudy appearance, but heating in oil will clear this. When rubbed, it produces a negative electrical charge that attracts dust. In fact the word electricity originates from the Greek word for Amber, “electron”. Many people believe that it brings good luck and also aids well being. In years gone by its ability to create static was believed by many to be a magical power.
Because this gem floats on salt water, if you take a stroll along some beaches there is a small chance that you may discover your own piece of this precious stone washed up on the shore. Interestingly until the mid 19th century this was how most Amber was found. It was appropriately named “Seastone”.
Birthstones take the forefront in jewelry specifically made for mothers to symbolize the birth of their children. This jewelry can also contain the birthstone of the father and the mother themselves. Birthstones correlate with the months of the year and there are twelve for each year.
Jewelry that is linked to twelve months or signs of the zodiac goes all the way back to the Bible. The High Priest in the temple often wore a garment adorned with the twelve stones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
The first type of mothers jewelry featuring the birthstones of children was a piece made with two wedding bands joined by birthstones. These rings were a big seller during the 60’s and it was traditional that the stones be set from oldest child to the youngest.
Birthstones are said to have powers specific to the stone and the person wearing them is empowered by the stone. An example would be that March’s birthstone is aquamarine. This stone is said to attract affection and friends. A mother wearing aquamarine in honor of her child should be well liked and have many friends. The legend also states that as long as the mother wears her children’s’ birthstones, they will be protected.
Mother’s jewelry comes in many different forms. There are bracelets, broaches, and necklaces in addition to rings, however, rings tend to be more popular. They are circular symbolizing never ending love. Folklore dictates that wearing a ring on the third finger of the left hand symbolizes that the person giving the ring was attached to the heart, so the wedding ring is worn there. It is appropriate that a mother’s ring be worn on that finger as well.
Morganite and its properties.
Morganite is named after the banker and gemstone aficionado J P Morgan (1837-1913). Morganite is the rare pink member of the beryl family.
Its colour, which ranges from a yellowish salmon-pink, through champagne to an almost lilac pink, is one of the main attractions to jewellery lovers and gem collectors. Like other Beryls, Morganite commonly occurs as an accessory mineral in granites and is usually found in cavities and in granite pegmatites.
Beryl is essentially colourless but morganite derives its pink colour from impurities of magnesium present in the stone.
It is one of the rarest of the Beryl family, making it an expensive stone. Specimens should have a nice lustre and not have any obvious inclusions. Faceting is important to bring out the lustre. When unfaceted it resembles ROSE QUARTZ, but cutting enhances its appearance.
This gemstone is also dichroic, showing pink from one angle and clear from another, and cutting must take that into consideration.
Very rarely, bi-coloured stones are found that are part morganite and part Aquamarine, but being so rare these are museum pieces.
Andalusite and some of its Properties.
Andalusite holds the everlasting colours of the season of Autumn. It varies in colour from a pale yellowish brown to a dark bottle-green, dark brown or the most popular, greenish red.
It has a very strong and distinctive pleochroism, so that, when turned, the stone may appear yellow, green and red. A true mimic of the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Large crystals may be vertically striated prisms with a square cross section and pyramidal ends. These are rare. More usual are opaque, rod-like aggregates of crystals or waterworn pebbles. It is these pebbles that are usually cut as gemstones.
Andalusite is an aluminium silicate. It was discovered at Almeria in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, from where it gets its name.
It is heated to form mullite, a refractory material with industrial uses such as spark plugs.
Some crystals have carbonaceous inclusions, arranged so that in cross section they form a dark cross. This variety is called chiastolite, named after the Greek for “cross”. Chiastolite existed in schists near the town of Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain. Many amulets of the “cross-stone” were sold to pilgrims. This variety is also found in Australia, China, Siberia, Russia, France, England and United States to name a few.