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Because purple is considered a regal color, royalty has made much use of the stone. For instance, the Sovereign’s Orb and the Royal Sceptre of the British crown jewels contain amethyst.
Amethyst is the most expensive form of quartz. While other stones, like diamonds, come in a variety of shades, a stone has to be purple to be considered a real amethyst.
It is also supposed to bring its owner happiness and courage.
Garnet is derived from the Latin word “granum” meaning “grain”. This refers to the typically rounded shape of Garnet and also reminiscent of the seeds of the pomegranate. Garnets have been widely known for thousands of years. Even Noah, it is reported, used a lantern from garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Although the color red occurs most frequently, there are also garnets showing different shades of green, pale to bright yellow, blue, blue-green, fiery orange and fine earth- and umbra-shades.
The excellent hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale explains why these gemstones are so excellent to wear. Garnets are quite sturdy and resistant to everyday wear and tear, and uncomplicated to work into jewelry. Garnet is the January birthstone.
WHY NOT A BLENDER?©
Shelly knew Christmas wasn’t a big time of the year for Sam. He dutifully cut down a tree, strung the lights, and even hung a few ornaments, but he never really seemed to get into the “spirit” of the season.
On Christmas morning, Sam sipped his coffee and watched patiently as the kids tore into their gifts with great enthusiasm, “oohing” and “aahing” over all the fun stuff. Shelly took great pleasure from unwrapping each of her packages precisely as she prolonged the enjoyment of each gift. There was a nice blouse from her Mom, a very pretty outfit from Sam (which she had picked out herself ), some cute handmade gifts from the kids, and various odds & ends from her friends and family.
Sam quietly enjoyed opening his gifts but was more interested in watching everyone else. When it seemed as though there were no more gifts under the tree, Sam reached way back and handed Shelly one last package. It was heavy, too heavy to be those earrings to match the necklace he’d surprised her with eons ago. Unwrapping the box, she pulled out, of all things, a blender.
Well, after all, he was a practical man. He did love her and this showed it . . . she guessed. “Open it,” he said, “this is the best one on the market.”
Opening the box, she pulled the blender out and saw that it contained a lavishl y gift-wrapped little box, and she began to feel butterflies in her stomach. She reached down in and pulled the box out. When she opened it, she found her matching pair of diamond earrings. Tears welled up in her eyes as she looked at Sam. He matched her teary gaze as he said, “Honey, I love you. Merry Christmas.”
The November birthstone is named for the French word “citrin,” which means lemon. Although the citrine’s tones are warmer and more golden than a lemon, the name still connotes the hue that is uniquely the color of November’s birthstone. However, the citrine’s hue can range from a very pale yellow to a dark amber tone known as Madeira for its resemblance to the red wine.
Citrine in its natural state is an extremely rare stone, so there is very little mention of the gemstone in ancient texts. The Romans may have been the first to use citrine by cutting it into cabachons, polished but unfaceted gems, but citrine was never as popular as it was in the eighteenth century, during the Romantic period. The pairing of the golden yellow gems with yellow gold created an intense effect the jewelry artisans of the period loved.