February's birthstone is Amethyst

Amethyst has come to be known by many as a healing stone that helps to ease any difficulties in transition in any circumstance. Amethyst jewelry has the capacity to awaken spirituality on all levels of social, emotional, intellectual and physical consciousness.  Not only is amethyst a crucial resource for meditation, it is also a calming and enabling agent in sleep and rest in times of physical and spiritual exhaustion. Amethyst also protects one from negative energy.

   
Amethyst Geode Section from Uruguay Amethyst Crystal

Zanzibar sells a wide selection of fine Amethyst jewelry, including Amethyst Earrings, Amethyst Pendants, Amethyst Necklaces and Amethyst Bracelets, starting under $25.00 

 

Amethyst is found in large geodes typically buried on the steep sides of volcanoes. When a potential geode is found, the miner (often with burro in tow) will spend hours or days using a hand held drill to drill a small hole in the side of the often very large geode. Once the hole is complete, a candle on a string is lowered into the geode. If a rich purple color is seen, the miner will then begin the difficult task of digging out and carrying back to civilization the rare find!

   
   

       Amethyst is actually a form of quartz and its coloration comes from small amounts of iron impurities in the crystalline structure. Interestingly enough, amethyst and citrine are one and the same, however the iron in citrine has been oxidized, fading the rich purple to yellow or orange.

The earliest recognition of amethyst hails from the ancient Greeks, who so named the stone amethystus, or ‘not drunken’. Thus it was kept and carried to protect against the inebriating effects of alcohol.

    

    

Visit our gallery to see dozens of earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces set in sterling silver with the finest amethyst stones.