Amethyst is the birthstone for February. This purple quartz compliments silver well and adds vibrant colour to your jewellery.
Ricardo Sarabia, Digital Communications & Marketing at Argentium Silver
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The wearing of stones has long been a facet of human tradition, oftentimes stones were once believed to contain supernatural properties. According to the Ancient Greeks, wearing amethyst stones could prevent you from getting drunk (what a way to end a dry January!) These semi-precious stones have been worn throughout Europe, in fact during the middle ages European soldiers wore amulets adorned with amethyst stones to help them heal in combat and keep a cool head whilst marching into war. In the ancient world they were used to make intaglios, or carved gemstones which usually portrayed a bust of someone important during that time.
What makes an amethyst stone purple? Although it is most recognised for its deep purple colour, it can vary from a pinky lavender to a deep grapelike hue. This is due to a few factors including radiation, iron deposits and other trace metals that can be found in the geodes in which they are formed in. The geodes where amethysts grow can vary in size and are found in different parts of the world including North and South America, Europe and parts of Africa. The largest producer of amethyst stones in the world is Zambia which produces over 1000 tonnes.
Many people will wrap amethyst stones in silver wire to use as a pendant. Sometimes they are set in bezel cups and then added to rings, necklaces, and other types of jewellery. Whatever you create using an amethyst stone will be sure to have a bright pop of colour.
Ricardo is the digital communications and marketing executive at Argentium Global Sales, connect with me on LinkedIn. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and stay connected to see our latest releases and products.