February Birthstone Jewelry - The Amethyst

The word means “intoxicated,” a reference to the belief held by the ancient Greeks that the stone protected its wearer from drunkenness.

History

Amethyst is also the zodiac stone for Pisces and a celebratory symbol for the 6th and 17th years of marriage.

For many years, amethyst was considered one of the most precious stones -- held in the same regard as the diamond -- favored by royalty or the clergy to symbolize the deity of Christ. The gemstone has since been enjoyed by more than just the elite since the discovery of an abundant supply in South America in the 19th century.

It is believed that St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.

Color

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and ranges in color from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple that can have hints of blue or red depending on the light.

Symbolism

Considered a symbol of royalty in the Middle Ages, amethyst was used to decorate English regalia.

The stone symbolizes protection, and it is believed to help purify the mind of negative stress and anxiety.


Latest Arrivals - February Birthstone Jewelry

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14k yellow gold and amethyst seed pearl drop earrings

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Flourishes abound on this gorgeous 1930's 2-tone 14k Amethyst set ring. Pretty from every angle.

Details.....The ring is currently an 4.5, we will size it for no additional charge. The top of the ring measures 17.4mm, and the band measures 3mm. In very nice condition. You should always expect some wear on antique and vintage jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

 

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The amazing level of craftsmanship is evident on the front and the back of this jewel, delicate wires of silver twisted and worked into a gorgeous necklace. The pendant is set with a mixture of natural gems and paste, all of the stones are closed back. Hallmarked on each of the fold over tabs, this type of construction along with design aid in the dating of this piece to the early 1800's. The patina is intact and quite lovely.

Details.....The double pendant measures 2" long and .92" wide. The chain is 18" long, a modern replacement, this would have originally hung from a ribbon. It is in Very good vintage condition. You should always expect some wear on antique and vintage jewelry, we consider it part of the charm.

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The wonderful oval Floral links in this design are cast from some original Art Nouveau pieces we found at a Parisian Flea market on one of our buying trips.

We cast them using locally refined recycled Yellow, White and Rose 14k Gold. Carley chooses the beautiful natural gems for each pair and finishes them by hand. The earrings have 14k lever back wires for extra security.

This lovely pair features Natural rich purple Amethyst faceted drops. As each Pair is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting

Materials: Recycled 14k white gold and natural Amethyst drops.

Measurements: The overall length of the earring not including the wire is 49.3, the amethyst measures 33.9mm x 10mm.

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This signed bracelet is in the Celtic Arts and Crafts style that Murrle Bennett was well known for. The links alternate between intricately woven Celtic knots and plaques set with rich purple amethysts, there is a hammered texture over the whole of the bracelet. Complete with the original clasp and safety chain, this piece is in excellent condition.

Murrle Bennett was well known for their beautifully crafted Jewelry. Active from 1884 to 1914 in London the company was founded by Ernest Murrle and JB Bennett. They created lovely pieces in the prevailing styles of the time.

Sterling Silver is 92.5 parts out of 100 silver with 7.5 parts being alloys. The higher silver content of Murrle Bennett pieces is 950 with 95 parts silver and only 5 parts alloys.

Materials: 950 Silver and Natural Amethysts.

Measurements: 7.5" long and .48" wide.

Condition: Excellent with patina intact.

Era: Circa 1908

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15 SEP 2018, 8:42

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20 MAR 2019, 12:21

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MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
INSTALLMENT 1 OF THE IDENTIFLY SERIES

-Paula Bixel - Proprietor

"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)


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