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February Birthstone

February’s birthstone is Amethyst.  It’s rich purple color exudes a mysterious energy that evokes calmness.  Most people say that amethyst is spiritually protective of the wearer and can provide contentment.

Amethyst is closely related to Bacchus (godl of wine), Dionysus (god of libation) and Diana (moon goddess and goddess of nature).  Known by psychics to cure sleep disorders and nightmares, this month’s birthstone is believed to also help overcome alcohol addiction.

For those born on this month, here are a few amethyst jewelry available now at my store:

Amethyst is not my birthstone color but its my favorite 🙂

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Amethyst & Silver

The request: an amethyst bead in the middle of my signature design crocheted disc.

The dilemma: use sterling silver.

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I have to admit.  I shy away from using sterling silver with my designs because cleaning sterling silver jewelry pieces need lots of attention.  A simple brushing with mild soap will not make it shine and sparkle like those in the store.  You need a sterling silver cleaning solution for this and the process of cleaning, I find really tedious.

When I make jewelry, I take into consideration the aspects of cleaning.  I want my pieces to be easy maintenance.  I want them easy to clean and store.  Most of my customers are professionals who value their time so I want to make things easy for them.  With gold, all you need is a soft bristle brush, some mild soap and water.  For brass, a lemon rinse and soft bristle brush as well.  With sterling silver, you need more than just a brush. 

But anyway, I will put aside all my apprehensions when a customer wants a sterling silver piece.  This request was full sterling silver: chain and the main focal point which was the detachable pendant.  I had to incorporate the customer’s birthstone, which is amethyst. Initially, when the piece was finished, I was not satisfied.  If you have been reading this blog since it started, you will now know that I do not sketch when I make a piece.  I will let my imagination flow and my hands do the work.  For customized pieces I will listen to what the customer wants and work from there. 

So here I am with the piece and decided to add more to the original design.  I added a border made of thicker sterling silver wire.  Slowly, the disc started to transform into a rose! The amethyst bead in the middle seemed lonely so I dispersed a couple of Alexandrite Swarovksi faceted bicone crystals around it.

The result: Fabulousity!

If you like this piece, you, too, can buy it here 🙂