February Birthstone – Amethyst

It’s getting close to the end of February and I’m still thinking about my love for amethyst.  The beautiful sparkling purple of faceted amethyst with some red and blue flash is magical.  It’s hard and durable.  Perfect for rings, bracelets, and other jewelry.  I was so thrilled and elated when I took my first faceted amethyst off of the dop and cleaned it off with alcohol and could see my work clearly.  I was convinced that gem cutting was going to be a part of me for   a long time.  What’s next?                             

The Setting                                        

I had a desire to see this stone become a wearable piece of art.  It takes a good 8 to 10 years to become a good bench jeweler and that was not my goal.  I was into faceting.  Thanks to mass manufacturing I could look through catalogs of settings and choose a setting that would be the right size for my amethyst, and also hold four 4 diamonds for extra enhancement of the cut that I chose.   I good bench jeweler that I knew put everything together.  She set the stones.  Polished the setting and I had a wearable piece of art.  Very satisfying.  Especially because I had a part in the creation.  

OK  That’s my side of it.  WE ALL have a passion for what we do.  I don’t blame you one bit if you have no interest in creating jewelry.  However, you or someone you care about might really LIKE jewelry.  Maybe there is a special occasion coming up.  Maybe you want to CREATE a special occasion!  Oh yes!  Opportunities abound.  Say no more.  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.  


I did some surfing on the net today and came up with some tasty purple delights that might inspire you.  See you on the review page.  The temptation page.  The crass commercial page.  The action page.  As you were!       Robert