Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jet of the Day 2/1/12 - Rustic Rock Jewelry


The February Birthstone - Amethyst

Rustic Rock Jewelry

The modern birthstone for February is Amethyst, with acceptable alternative choices being black onyx, moonstone; or most purple gemstones. 


This seductive gemstone, of all gemstones, is said to protect its wearer against seduction.  It is often used as an engagement ring with this ancient belief in mind.  The Greeks believed that amethyst would prevent them from becoming drunk and the word amethystos means sober. Even today Amethyst is used to provide a reminder to those who struggle with an addiction to alcohol.

The Brass Hussy - Gold Amethyst Earrings

Amethyst is the most popular crystalline quartz for jewelry and is considered  a semi-precious gemstone.


Foret - Amethyst and Peacock Pearl Earrings

The color of Amethyst is attributed to certain iron constituents in connection with natural radioactive radiation.  Not all amethyst is purple. There are also lavender, reddish-purple, bluish-purple, dark purple, and a brownish-black color. 

Rustic Rock Jewelry - Amethyst Crystal Necklace
 Green quartz is very commonly known as green Amethyst, but is actually Prasiolite. 

bytheseagemdesigns - Green Amethyst Earrings
In its purest form, Amethyst is colorless or transparent, allowing light to pass through unhindered. The top quality, most expensive Amethyst is a deep medium color of purple with rose-colored flashes, found only in Siberia.




Citrine


Many people have come to know  Citrine under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz. It is often referred to as the birthstone of November, which is, in fact, Topaz. Citrine has nothing to do with Topaz but it does have something to do with Amethyst.  

Rustic Rock Jewelry (sold)
 Citrine is actually somewhat rare in nature. Most citrines on the market have been heat treated. Specimens of Amethyst or smoky quartz are often heated to high temperatures to produce more profitable orange yellow citrine. 

Little Brown Bird - Citrine Nugget Charm Necklace

Silver Smack - Wire Wrapped Citrine Silver Earrings
As mentioned, citrines whose colors are produced by artificial means have much more of an orange or reddish color than those found in nature; these  are usually a pale yellow. Much of  natural citrine may have started out as amethyst but heat from nearby magmatic bodies may have caused the change to citrine.





Ametrine


Ametrine, in nature,  is a rare and unusual bicolour yellow and purple quartz gemstone,  which occurs in quartz when amethyst and citrine reside in the same crystal.


StoutDG - Ametrine Wire Wrapped Sterling Pendant

CSerpent 10mm Ametrine Destash
The Ametrine that we commonly see on the market is a mixture of half amethyst and half citrine, made by heating an amethyst until it turns into citrine, then irradiating a part of the resulting crystal or gemstone to convert that portion back to amethyst.




Sort of Related Interesting Tidbit:
Quartz varieties (along with Citrine) that form large crystals)


  • Amethyst is the purple gemstone variety.
  • Milky Quartz is the cloudy white variety.
  • Prasiolite is a leek-green variety.
  • Rock crystal is the clear variety that is also used as a gemstone.
  • Rose quartz is a pink to reddish pink variety.
  • Smoky quartz is the brown to gray variety.



Happy February everyone. Happy Birthday to all the February babies. May you receive lots of Amethyst goodies :)

        Norah
      Gus and Tina


18 comments :

Michele said...

Lovely jewelry, love the colors!!! Aww Gus and Tina are so cute!!!

capitalcitycrafts said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the great information... and adorable dogs!

SendingLoveGallery said...

great info and gorgeous "rocks" and jewelry! love the puppies : )

Tracy said...

Fabulous information! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Gorgeous picks as well. Such pretty stones!

MadeByTammy said...

Fantastic post and jewelry / findings!! And those puppies are so cute!!

WanderingJewel said...

Very informative post with great eye candy! Love the furbaby pic at the end

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Great information here. Love your furbabies.

Beadsme said...

Great post Norah. Just love the furbabies.

Meena said...

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TheSilverBear said...

A very informative & well written blog (& cute fur babies!)

JillreOzmay said...

I love rocks! Thank you for an informative and interesting post. :)

Donna's Artisan Designs said...

I think I've loved Amethyst forever,because, of course, it's purple AND my Mom's birthstone!!
Your article was so informative and the examples you showed are SO drool worthy!!!
And I WUV yur fur babies...adorable!!!
Donna

jemsbyjb said...

Gorgeous jewels!!

jemsbyjb said...

Gorgeous jewels!!

Lori Taggart said...

Fabulous post! Love your furry assistants!

Brooke said...

Great informative post and lovely jewelry. Too cute pups:)

Your Daily Jewels said...

Thanks for all the love everyone!
Tina and Gus thank you too:)

Bob J24-7 said...

Love this post!