Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Amethyst is the February Birthstone...

For those celebrating a birthday in February, Amethyst is the traditional birthstone.

Edwardian Amethyst and Diamond pendant at Fourtane...
Rose Gold, Diamond and Amethyst ring at Fourtane

Antique Amethyst, Diamond and Pearl earrings at Fourtane...

Ranging in color from deep purple to pale lilac and green, Amethyst is primarily sourced in Brazil.
Found in ruins dating as far back as the 9th century adorning crowns, scepters and royal jewelry. Early monarchs favored Amethyst for it's intense violet hue because they often wore the color purple. Purple dye was extremely scarce and expensive and thus reserved for royal garments.

...a large Amethyst in the Sovereign's Orb is among the closely guarded gemstones in the British Crown Jewels.

Victorian Amethyst and Seed Pearl ring circa 1900 at Fourtane...
"The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear..."

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