Did you know that amethysts are not only the most popular purple gemstone, but one of the most popular of all time? Amethysts are the ultimate "geek to chic" stone, found within geodes that look like ordinary dark rocks with nothing to hint of the beauty inside. When they are cracked open, the geodes reveal raw crystals that range from the lightest of mauves to the deepest of purples. Just as beautiful in its natural form as it is faceted, smoothed, or tumbled into stones or beads, it is a perfect stone for all kinds of handcrafted artisan and beaded jewelry. Best of all, it is a stone you don't have to be afraid of wearing every day because they have a Mohs hardness of 7 and are not only gorgeous but very affordable.

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Amethysts are rich in history and lore, too! Since the beginning of time, the stones have been bestowed with significance. In Greek mythology, amethysts were associated with Bacchus, the god of wine, because of their wine-like colors. They were often worn to protect one from drunkenness.  Other legends tell tales of amethysts made into talismans for clarity of mind, protection in battle, and healing. It has long been believed that its healing properties are legendary, helping to soothe the mind and emotions, bringing the wearer comfort. It is also the stone associated with the crown chakra for that very reason. Even the British royals have embraced the amethyst! The Royal Scepter of the Cross is set with a large amethyst. The Kent Amethysts are a set of earrings, a brooch, and a necklace that originally belonged to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Queen Victoria's mother. With such a time-honored history, is it any wonder that it is such a popular stone?

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And it is the perfect birthstone for February! Sometimes called the "couple's stone," it symbolizes relationships that transcend the bounds of time and the physical realm. It is a stone of deep connection and soulful communion. Today, many choose amethysts over diamonds for the stone's connection to love, fidelity, and eternity.

This February, celebrate love and serenity by finding a beautiful piece of amethyst for yourself or someone you care about. At SWCreations, every piece is an original, painstakingly handcrafted to give you a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind piece that you can cherish. Contact us today if you have questions, or to talk about a custom order.

February 02, 2019 — SWCreations Jewelry