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Gems February – How to care for Amethyst Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Feb.28, 2010, under GEMS

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Here comes our last post of this month for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) February. In this post we would be discussing on how you can care for your Amethyst Jewelry and make it last longer and beautiful. Also you can see below a very pretty ring using Amethyst by one of our contributor Maura Nicholson.

Amethyst and Jade Ring

Amethyst stones are often set in silver and gold jewelry. You can follow these tips in general too, to care for your Jewelry.

  • The brilliance of Amethyst can be lost over time due to a layer of oil and dirt, so its very important to clean it regularly. Its better not to go for ultrasonic cleaning, it can be cleaned with soapy water and a soft brush. Use of soft clean cloth to wipe it dry.
  • It is also recommended to keep Amethyst away from extremes in temperature. Store the jewelry in a cool dry place. Extreme temperatures can cause damage to amethyst jewelry
  • Once again, Amethyst looses its luster mainly due to layer deposits of oil and dirt, so avoid wearing it to places where it would be more susceptible to dirt.
  • Although Amethyst ranks 7 on Moh’s scale, harder gemstones such as diamonds can scratch it. Try to store you jewelry in separate boxes and not ever in piles or together.
  • Store your Amethyst Jewelry in a dry place, preferably away from sunlight and avoid use of harsh chemicals on your Amethyst Jewelry.

So that’s all from GEMS series February on Amethsyt. We would come back again, with next Gemstone next month. If you have any suggestions for GEMS March, do email us on info@jewelstruck.com

Image credit: Maura Nicholson

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Gold, Amethyst and Pink Tourmaline Ring

by Maura Nicholson on Feb.27, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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delicious pink and purple

gold,amethyst and pink tourmaline ring

This ring is made from 9ct gold wire and has a amethyst and a pink tourmaline stones. Amethyst always look amazing, I also work with lavendar amethyst alot which I love. This ring is very pretty and summery, looks great with a pair of jeans and a t shirt.

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GEMS February – Metaphysical and Healing properties of Amethsyt

by JewelStruck on Feb.26, 2010, under GEMS

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With our second last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) February on Amethyst, we would be discussing about metaphysical and healing properties of Amethyst.

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Necklace with Amethyst stone, part of the Olbia Treasure unearthed at Olbia, site of an ancient Greek colony

  • Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone. It helps easing pain of  grief and has a gently sedative energy that promotes peacefulness, happiness, and contentment.
  • Amethyst is believed to help get rid of addictions, help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief etc. It can help get rid of addictions (alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc.) and compulsive behaviors of all kinds.
  • Amethyst is also beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues, which can lead to prosperity and abundance.
  • It facilitates the decision-making process, it can also enhance memory and improve motivation.
  • Amethyst is  said to be excellent for meditation and lucid dreaming. It is believed to protect against psychic attacks, especially during spiritual work.

So that was all about Amethyst properties. As just last post remains now, if you have anything really interesting to share related to Amethyst, please email us at info@jewelstruck.com asap.

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Stylish Bridal Necklace Set with Diamond & Emeralds in White & Yellow Gold

by Shilpee Nagota on Feb.25, 2010, under Jewelry Designs

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Beautiful , Stylish & Gorgeous Bridal Necklace Set with Diamond & Emerald in White Gold & Yellow Gold

Stylish Bridal Necklace Set with Diamond & Emeralds in White & Yellow Gold

  • Product name :-  Bridal Necklace Set
  • Style of Jewelry :- Western , Concentric & Bridal
  • Metals used :- White Gold
  • Settings used :- Prong in Diamonds and Emerald with Yellow Gold Balls
  • Stones used :- Diamonds and Emerald.

To know more about us please visit www.nagotacreations.com

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GEMS February – Mythology & History behind Amethsyt

by JewelStruck on Feb.24, 2010, under GEMS

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With Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – February, we would be discussing this time mythology and historical references of Amethyst, the birthstone of February. Only a few days are left for this month to end and also this series on Amethyst, so if you have anything interesting to share or showcase related to Amethyst do comment or email us at info@jewelstruck.com. The beautiful wire wrapped amethyst necklace featured below is made by Pippi Konstanski.

Wire wrapped Amethyst Necklace

Wire wrapped Amethyst Necklace

Continuing with the History of Amethyst, up to 18th century amethyst was included in the cardinal (most valuable) gemstones along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. However since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil it has lost most of its value.

Historical References

  • It was largely used for gemstone engravings by the ancient Egyptians, also known as intaglio engraved gems.
  • Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.
  • Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England, from early 5th century AD.
  • A huge geode, or “amethyst-grotto”, from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was exhibited at the Düsseldorf, Germany Exhibition of 1902.

Mythology
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it. There are many stories behind the purple colour of Amethyst featuring Dionysus, the god of intoxication and maiden named Amethystos.

So this was all we explored on Amethyst, we will be back with more on it sooner.

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