Garnet – The January Birthstone – The dark red gemstone that comes in many shades.

Garnet – The January Birthstone – The dark red gemstone that comes in many shades.

Garnet is a translated from Greek as literally “dark red”, however, the stone comes in many shades and colors. Garnet is actually a collection of various minerals that share similar properties. You’ll find red, yellow, orange, green, brown, pink, purple, gray, and black among the most common colors. Because this is a collection of various Garnet gemstones the most commonly known and used are almandine and pyrope.

Almandine is one of the most lustrous of Garnets. It is dark red in color and is used in jewelry. Much almandine is opaque and cannot be used in jewelry. Almandine can be polished into beads for use in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. It is often tumbled into irregular forms for costume-type jewelry. The most recognized form of Garnet is Pyrope. It has a dark red-blood color and is used widely in jewelry making. The unique property of Pyrope is the difference in color under artificial and natural light. The gemstone exhibits different tones depending on the light source.

Garnets because of the variety are a great addition to any piece. They can be that stone that is unique and unidentifiable by many people but catches the eye. In designing a colored stone piece they are an excellent choice. Red Garnet options are a great choice when you want a Ruby type color but in a different variation of red.

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Amethyst – The February Birthstone – An ageless stone wrapped in myth and legend

Amethyst – The February Birthstone – An ageless stone wrapped in myth and legend

Amethyst is a beautiful and unique purple colored gemstone. It is considered a calming and spiritual stone. Amethyst in Greek mythology was a virgin who was chased by Dionysus after he had too much wine. Amethyst called out to the goddess Diana for help and she was turned to a white quartz. Upon realizing the consequences of his actions Dionysus wept over his wine goblet which overturned thus coloring Amethyst purple. A great tale about the gem in the month of Valentine’s Day.

The gem is also found in biblical references and in the Catholic Church clergy has used it to adorn crosses because it’s considered a stone that represents piety and celibacy. In the Renaissance, the amethyst was considered to be a royal gemstone and is found in some of the British royal families jewelry collections. In Chinese Feng Sui the amethyst represents wealth and prosperity. Across cultures and history the Amethyst is considered a powerful, yet peaceful gem.

Because of the color, it is widely used in jewelry even today. It is a great addition to any jewelry piece. It is quite abundant and is able to be grown in labs. You’ll want to keep it away from some household chemicals because they can affect the stone adversely. Amethyst is a great accent piece to many custom designs.

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