A favorite material of ancient cultures, amethyst has endured the ages as one of man's most prized possessions. Amethyst ranges in color from a very light lavender to a deep violet shade of purple sometimes with slight hues of pink and red. Banded amethyst or cape amethyst may have lines of agate or chalcedony running through the amethyst. This may also be called chevron amethyst.
The main Canadian source of amethyst is near Thunder Bay, Ontario where mining has taken place intermittently over the last one hundred years. Scientists believe the amethyst find near Thunder Bay to be over one billion years old. Amethyst is found worldwide and has the distinction of being the birthstone for February and the official gemstone of the province of Ontario.
In the Middle Ages it was believed that amethyst would protect one from drunkenness and protect crops from evil spirits, blight and locusts. Some believe that amethyst has calming and protective qualities and that wearing amethyst will increase inspiration and intuition.
is a beautiful purple-blue gemstone. It gets its name from the Greek “los” meaning violet. It is believed that the Vikings used iolite to filter and shade glare from their eyes while they were at sea. They believed it a good luck stone to take to sea.
Iolite has been mined for years but only recently has it become a more popular gemstone. Smaller stones are easier to find, large gemstones are more rare and sought after. Iolite is very similar in look to the gemstone tanzanite.
Iolite is believed by some to help the wearer improve their self-confidence. Some believe it may help one with friendships and that it may enable you to be a better communicator.
is most recognized as a fiery red stone (called pyrope garnet) and as January's birthstone. It can be found in a variety of colors including tsavorite (green garnet), uvarovite (green druse crystals), rhodolite (pink), almandine (rusty-brown, orange), blue, and other colors.
Through the process of heating amethyst to a precise temperature, the crystal turns from purple to yellow, thus holding the properties of amethyst, as well as the properties of the yellow color.
Citrine creates an optimistic environment and can help you make decisions without doubt or fear. It is believed to attract prosperity and success, and generosity. It is excellent for interpersonal conflict by promoting cohesiveness and may aid in creativity and guard against heartbreak.
Topaz has been prized as a gemstone throughout the ages, and comes in a variety of colours, including yellow, brownish-yellow, pink, green, orange, colorless and blue. Blue topaz may be found along the western coast of North America but the primary source remains South America and Russia.
Some believe that blue topaz will aid in tissue regeneration and enhance the metabolism. They also believe it may enhance self confidence and may help one to gain wisdom and insight more easily.
Peridot has been prized since ancient times. Its history can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians who used the stone. Hawaiian legends called the stone “divine tears”; the green stones were believed to have been wept by Pele, the goddess of the volcano. Peridot has long been enjoyed as August's birthstone.
Some believe that wearing peridot will reduce stress, stimulate the mind and accelerate personal growth. It may also help with anger and guilt and may be used as a detoxifier.
- Set in sterling silver
- Size: 7.5
- Features genuine stones
- This item includes an information card about the stone
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
- This stone requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as lotions or perfumes, will damage it over time. If you polish the jewellery, avoid polishing the stone itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.