Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Amethyst: February's Birthstone

Victorian Amethyst & Pearl Pin
Amethyst is a form of quartz that has impurities that give it a royal violet color. Other impurities in quartz create some other semi-precious gemstones, but amethyst is always a shade of violet or purple. It's color ranges from a pinkish violet to a dark purple with flashes of red. Generally, the darker the color, the more prized is the gem.

The name derives from an ancient Greek word meaning intoxication. It was believed that wearing amethyst, or drinking from a vessel carved out of amethyst, would prevent drunkenness. Ah, would that were true! Mysticism aside, amethyst is a beautiful gemstone. It is also beautiful in its crystalline form, which is not uncommon and frequently seen in geodes.

At Vintages we have a nice selection of amethyst jewelry, including some lovely rings, brooches and pendants. Most of these are available online
A Variety of Amethyst Rings ($79 - $95 each)
Amethyst Ring set in 14k Gold ($345)
Amethyst Ring set in 14k Gold ($365)
Amethyst Ring and 14k Gold Bracelets
A Luscious Victorian Amethyst & 14k Gold Pendant ($365)
Modernist Butterfly Amethyst Earrings ($95)
Contemporary Amethyst & Silver Dragonfly Pin ($65)
A couple of Amethyst Crosses (starting at $59 each)
Scottish Silver Brooch ($79)

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