Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February's Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst Vintage Swarovski Crystal Hearts.

February's birthstone is amethyst.
The gemstone is noted for it's signature violet purple shades. We have a selection of stunning faux amethyst at Bumbershoot Supplies. When vintage glass makers recreated amethyst in glass and crystal they gave it a beautiful purple hue with pink undertones. 

Amethyst Vintage Swarovski Crystal Oval Rhinestones.
Amethyst Vintage Glass Flower Cabochons.

Amethysts have been used in jewelry since Roman times, and were often engraved or carved as intaglios. The gemstone has been touted in mythology as a ward against intoxication, and ancient Greeks and Romans carved the gem into wine glasses. Amethysts have been associated with peace and freedom.

Amethyst Vintage Glass Scarab Cabochon.
Amethyst Vintage Round Glass Czech Rhinestones.
Amethyst Vintage French Flat Strand Sequins.

When it comes to vintage materials, there is also another amethyst shade called "light amethyst." This color is a delicate shade of purple, almost light lilac in hue.

Light Amethyst Vintage Swarovski Rhinestone Pears.
Light Amethyst Vintage Art Deco Glass Rectangle Cabochons.
Light Amethyst Vintage Rhinestone Bell Glass Jewels.

In 1870 Tiffany & Co. published a birthstone poem in one of their pamphlets.
The January poem goes:

"The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear."

Amethyst Vintage Rose Montees.
Amethyst Vintage Glass Aurora Borealis Cabochons.
Amethyst Vintage Glass Star Domed Cabochons.

For peaceful inspiration, we invite you to browse our vintage faux amethyst collections at  Bumbershoot Supplies.

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