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If you’re mesmerized by purple jewelry, you’ll love making bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings out of amethysts. Amethysts – also known as purple quartz – are the birthstone for February. They offer the perfect mix of beauty and affordability. These beautiful gems have long been associated with royalty – and were actually as expensive as emeralds and rubies until the 19th century – but, today, they’re quite affordable.
The word amethyst comes from a Greek word that means sober. As such, amethysts are known for having sobering qualities. They have healing properties that keep the wearer free from alcoholism and other addictions. Many people believe amethysts drive away negative influences and can heal maladies such as headaches, arthritis, insomnia, and general pain.
In the Middle Ages, amethysts stood for celibacy and piety. As such, many members of the Catholic Church wore this purple gem. Many bishops today still wear amethyst rings.
When taken as an elixir, amethyst has been known to heal indigestion, blood disease, toothaches, and joint discomforts, as well as to balance blood sugar. It can also boost energy and calm overactive minds. Amethyst can also heighten awareness and bring peace, which makes it very spiritual in nature. It’s a good stone to wear if you want to develop your psychic abilities.
Iron trace elements give amethyst beads their beautiful purple color. These gems are mined in Africa, India, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Canada, and even in Arizona. Dark shades of amethyst typically come from Australia.
In ancient times, amethysts were used in amulets to keep drunkenness and evil spirits away from the wearer. Today, amethyst jewelry is always in style. It is always purple, but it comes in a variety of hues, from lilac to dark purple. Some gems contain reddish hues. Amethyst jewelry looks especially fashionable with purple or black clothing.
Amethyst is the most valuable quartz. As such, it is prized in the jewelry market. Mass market pieces, as well as designer pieces, are in high demand, so, if you enjoying making amethyst jewelry, you could very well make money from your hobby.
Amethyst beads really show off their color with silver or gold chains. When creating amethyst jewelry, balance out the purple with some other colors. Add crystals and black, white, or pink beads, along with some subdued colors as spacers.
You could also create amethyst rings. These gems look especially flattering set in light-colored metals like white gold and sterling silver. A ring would be a great way to learn bezel setting or improve upon your skills.
Amethyst earrings show off eyes of any color. They can highlight green eyes and make blue eyes look violet. For those with brown eyes, amethyst earrings can add warmth. No matter what color eyes you have, amethysts can add another dimension.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, and February now here, now is the perfect time to make amethyst jewelry. Amethyst is also the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries, so, if you were looking for a reason to make amethyst jewelry, you have plenty of reasons. Take a look at the tutorial below for ideas.