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Celebrating the birthstone of February – Amethyst!

By: Amanda L. Colborn Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.  Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry.  Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine

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The Healing Power of Gemstones

By Amanda L. Colborn According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  So whether shopping for a gift of fine jewelry, or considering a gift for yourself along the way, consider the healing properties of these fine gemstones. Birthday gemstones may not bake your cookies and wrap your gifts for you, but they will make you feel better while doing so. Gemstone healing powers:   Amber – Thought to aid memory loss, purify the body, alleviate headaches, and bone and heart problems, Amber is known for its stress relieving and calming properties.  

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February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers   Amethyst, ranging from a light to dark purple has been in popular use for centuries. Purple is often associated with royalty; notice how many people of power enjoy that deep, purple tone!  Amethyst was Catherine the Great’s favorite stone and can be found among the British Crown Jewels.   Amethyst is the purple variety of the Quartz species. It often has no imperfections, so it is very easy and appealing to make into large statement jewelry.   Amethyst grows in an amazing rock called a geode. Amethyst geodes come in many shapes

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Trend Spotting: Black Rhodium

For the last seven days, it has been “Jewelry Week” in Las Vegas. JCK, the largest jewelry show in the US, hosted over 20,000 jewelers and exhibitors, while six other smaller, yet equally fascinating, shows ran up and down the Strip. Though we spotted numerous trends, we want to share one , in particular, that we noticed: black rhodium. This dark metal mixes the edgy with the delicate when married with the right gemstones. Sethi Couture struck on two trends in one ring: black rhodium and mixing black and white diamonds: Black Rhodium takes on a softer tone with this

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