Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor: Not only is Amethyst February’s amazing birthstone, it is perfect for jewelry and home décor as well. The classic purple color gives every space, or outfit, a sense of sophistication and elegance. Touchstone carries a wide variety of this beautiful gemstone. From small glimpses in jewelry, to large cathedrals for home décor. No matter the range of sizes, the shimmering glow of this gorgeous mineral is truly amazing!
Legend and Lore: Amethyst has been a very popular mineral through many decades and cultures. Many believe that it has healing powers that will keep them clear-headed. It was once considered a precious gem such as rubies or diamonds are today.Mineral Formation: The presence of iron in the gemstone gives it its radiant purple color. The amazing gemstone is a variety of quartz. Amethyst can form in a variety of different crystals based on location, but the most common type of amethyst crystal is a stubby pyramidal crystal. Amethyst crystals are common in places like Brazil, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia and Uruguay.
Garnet in Jewelry and Décor: Garnet has a wide range of natural colors, making it an interesting and beautiful stone to use in jewelry. Garnet, having multiple vibrant colors, is sometimes confused with other popular gems. Touchstone Gallery currently offers a wide variety of this truly glorious birthstone.
Scientific Information: The six most common types of garnet are Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartite, Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. A green garnet also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.
Legend and Lore: Traditionally, garnets are given as a gift on a 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. This is because garnet is said to be a representation of love, purity, truth, and compassion. Many people also believe that garnet has several therapeutic properties. Garnets were also often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages.
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