Amethyst : February’s Purple Prize

While many gemstones can achieve the colour purple, the natural glow of an amethyst and its timeless association with royalty makes it the most renowned of all purple gems. At one time, perhaps due to its connection to monarchy, the amethyst was as valuable as the emerald or sapphire. In today’s market the amethyst is an affordable gem which contributes both style and sophistication to any piece of jewellery.

The worAmethyst-Month-7-1024x731d “amethyst” is a Greek word meaning “without drunkenness” due to its ancient use as a stone of sobriety and protection from poison. As a gem, it possesses a unique quality known as colour zoning which, depending on the angles of the cuts, can produce different shades and textures of purple. It is a variety of quartz and is found in locations worldwide. Of all available quartz, amethyst is the most valuable and prized form.

Amethyst is most prevalent as small pyramid-like structures and can often be found within the internal lining of rock formations known as geods. These are geological structures of various sizes occuring in sedimentary and volcanic rock. In some areas, such as Mexico, massive prisms of amethyst have been discovered and are highly sought after by collectors. Only two locations in Canada are known to contain significant deposits of amethyst, the Bay of Fundy and Thunder Bay.

In addition to being the birthstone of February, amethyst is also a symbol of understanding and philosophy; many members of the Catholic church wear amethyst to accent this quality.

Sapphire: The Sacred Gem of September

Although the ambience of summer is slowly coming to an end, the radiance of a sapphire is a timeless embodiment of its spirit and the perfect gem to represent the month of September. Available in a wide range of colours and hues, the sapphire is most commonly considered a blue gem with a long history of religious and spiritual significance.
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In ancient times the sapphire was closely linked to the divine; the heavenly blue aura was believed to be a symbol of faith, hope, and insight. Modern attributes range from wisdom and learning to mental acuity and health. Christianity praised the sapphire as a symbol of spiritual protection and was a favourite among royals and other members of nobility.davies-blog-img2

While blue is thought to be the sapphire’s “true” and most recognizable colour, it’s versatility along the spectrum provides it with the ability to satisfy almost any colour preference. It is formed through the crystallization of an aluminium oxide mineral known as Corundum. All varying colours of Corundum are considered to be sapphires with the only exception being those which are red; these gems are then known as rubies.

For those born in September, the renowned quality and history of this birthstone make it an excellent addition to any piece of jewellery. Its reputation for focusing both the mind and spirit is enhanced by it’s strength as a gem, second only to the diamond. Contact us with any further inquiries