Today we’re highlighting the February birthstone, amethyst. While amethyst is most commonly recognized to be a purple color, this gemstone can range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. The same stone can even have layers or color variants.
Here are some more fun facts about this gemstone:
- It’s often associated with peace, courage and stability
- English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty
- Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC
- Use this gemstone to celebrate the 6th & 17th year of marriage
To learn more about this beautiful gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.
Today we’re highlighting the January birthstone, garnet. Red garnets have a long history, but this gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors from greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues. The price of the piece will likely increase for more rare colors like green or blue.
Here are some quick facts about this gemstone:
- The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age
- The garnet symbolizes deep and lasting friendship
- Can also be used to toast a 2nd wedding anniversary
- Find a cut that spreads light evenly over the surface of the garnet. This will help bring out the overall beauty and color of the gemstone.
To learn more about this gorgeous gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.