Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February Fabulous, Amazing Amethyst

It's February and this month is host to both Valentine's Day (find valentine's day gift ideas here) and one of the most beautiful birthstones, Amethyst! Carolyn (whose birthday is February 9th) wants you to know that Relios has a modern take on February birthstone jewelry that's bold and beautiful that you are sure to love! It's all about style. No more plain old birthstone jewelry, it's time for fashion-forward, bold looks. It's time to make birthstone jewelry fun again!

What is Amethyst, really?
Amethyst is purple quartz and has long been a part of historical lore. The color comes from a complex mixture of iron and aluminum. The rich purple-hued stone has been used decoratively since Ancient Egypt and Greece and we continue to use it in jewelry today. The ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst was a mystical stone with power to protect you from drunkenness. So goblets were often fashioned from Amethyst, with hopes that any wine it held would be stripped of its intoxicating power -- which would be useful around New Year's Eve if this was actually true!

Curious Quartz
Many other gemstones happen be to variants of colored quartz, like carnelian, aventurine, tiger's eye, onyx, and agate. But citrine and amethyst have a special relationship. While citrine can be found in nature in its yellow color, some of it is made by heating amethyst stones. When the amethyst is heated, the color changes from purple to yellow.

Where does it come from?
Besides Relios's amazing selection of amethyst jewelry? Well, deposits of this purple quartz can be found all over the world. While the bulk of the world's supply of Amethyst originates in Zambia and the world's finest stones come from Russia, Amethyst is also found in Brazil, South Korea, Canada, India and here in the United States (Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maine, to name a few places).

With Relios's new take on birthstones, you can make a fashion statement out of your February birthstone jewelry. Combined with complementary colored stones and precious metals, this birthstone jewelry has a sharp fashion-oriented look that will make you feel fabulous. Head over to the Relios Jewelry website to find the perfect gift for your February birthday girl!

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