Shopping for colored gemstones can be fun, and with amethyst, there are so many shapes, styles, and forms out there–faceted gemstones, cabs, carvings, crystals, beads, and objects–that your choices are virtually limitless. But gem buying can be fraught with anxiety, too, knowing that treatments, synthetics and imitations are out there. No one wants to be […]

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Amethyst, with its purple wine color, has been associated since the time of the Greeks with the ability to prevent drunkenness. There are two similar stories about how this came to be. In neither of them is the god Dionysius, known for his lechery and his tendency to over imbibe, shown in a good light. […]

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Amethyst is probably one of the most well-known gemstones, and possibly one of the most loved, due to the rich reddish purple to violet color it can achieve in the finest qualities. But it is only the birthstone of those born in February. ABOVE: This magnificent carved amethyst, in an 18k yellow gold pendant by Deborah […]

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The colors of amethyst (from lavender to deepest purple) and the variety of shapes it is cut into (faceted, cabs, bullets, crystals, and geode slices) offer designers limitless possibilities to use the stone either as a focal point or an accent in gemstone jewelry. ABOVE: Dagny Stacking Ring. Courtesy Dara de Koning. Sometimes the saturated color […]

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