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February Birthstone Is
The February birthstone is amethyst.
This month we continue our
series on birthstones that will provide
answers to questions like...
if I don't like the color of my birthstone?"
if I can't afford my birthstone?"
Amethyst is one of America's most popular gems. The
beautiful, rich royal purple of amethyst appeals to almost everyone... including
Rarely, amethyst may exhibit flashes of red.. or even
flashes of blue and red, within the stone's rich purple body color.
Click on the box...
and have Google start putting money in your bank account!
Amethyst is truly the royalty of purple gem stones. Many other
purple gems cost more, but for most people, the colors are not as
pleasing. Sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, Kunzite, fluorite, garnet, and
other gems occur in purple... but the rich royal hues of amethyst makes
it the most popular of the purple gems. Besides, if you're looking for
a February birthstone, you're not interested in those other purple gems
choices do those few individuals have who don't care for the color
of amethyst? Not much!
by definition is the purple gem variety of quartz. So, about the only
choice is... a lighter shade of purple. Lavender amethyst is also known
as apache rose, rose de France, or even lavender quartz..
widespread availability and popularity of amethyst makes it a very affordable
hardness and durability characteristics of amethyst makes it a very
good jewelry stone.
is a gem that was known to the ancients. Some cultures believed it
warded off the inebriating effects of wine.
societies decreed that only royalty could own amethyst. And some
religions restricted the wearing of amethyst to church leaders.
Amethyst is a great gemstone. If its your
birthstone, I consider you fortunate.
A Google search for the keyword phrase amethyst lore or
amethyst+gold jewelry returns a number of interesting listings and ads. I do not
guarantee the accuracy of the information on these sites, but they can be
Gem Industry News...
2006 Tucson Gem Shows
The Tucson Gem Shows have come and gone... and so did we.
Its always rewarding to visit our favorite shows and see
old friends and industry acquaintances from around the world.
The photo below was taken from between the
American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) show and the Gem and Jewelry
Exchange (GJX) show across the street. There is a constant flow of
pedestrian and shuttle bus traffic between these shows and the new
Worldwide Gem and Jewelry show, which is about a block off to the right,
in the Hotel Arizona.
All three of these shows feature loose gems and
pearls, plus some fine jewelry and related supplies. These shows are
wholesale only, and restrict admittance to members of the trade only.
There are several other important gem trade shows around
town as well.
In addition, there are several shows selling a mix of
fossils, meteorites, mineral specimens and mineral crystals, jewelry, and gems.
These mixed shows generally admit the public.
In all, there are more than 30 shows that make up
the Tucson Gem Shows each February.
The photo below shows a portion of the booths in one of
the larger gem shows.
If you're in the trade, you should make plans to attend
next year. It's an education.
We're fortunate that Tucson is only two hours south of us,
so we don't have to travel half way around the world as many who attend do.
Have you and your inventory recovered from the
Christmas season yet?
Now's the time to be building up that inventory
The price of gold shows no signs of going
back down, so if you weren't able to hedge by buying up mountings and
findings a couple of years ago, you probably should be buying what you