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According to the Greeks the Amethyst was formed when Bacchus, the ancient god of wine, was insulted by a mere mortal. For revenge he vowed to have a tiger eat the next mortal he came across, however, it happened to be a beautiful young lady named Amethyst. She cried out to the goddess Diana to save her and turned into a brilliant white crystal.

When Bacchus saw what he had done he felt really bad, so he poured wine all over her. This didn’t turn her back but rather turned the crystal a violet colour. He didn’t colour her feet or head though and this is why the Amethyst is usually unevenly coloured and tends to have pale ends.

This lovely gem varies in colour from a deep violet (the most sought after) to a pale Lavender (just as stunning), and has been used by the Chinese for about 8000 years. It is possibly the most popular semi-precious gem not only for jewellery, but also for healing purposes. It provides peace of mind and understanding when a loved one is lost, and relieves stress, grief and depression.

The Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word “Amethustos” which means “not drunken”. Apparently wearing this stone or drinking from an Amethyst cup prevents you from getting drunk (I haven’t tried that one yet, but I get drunk just staring into any beautiful Gem).

It is the stone of Bishops, so all bishops of the Catholic church wear an amethyst ring to symbolise their moral victory over all worldly indulgence. Sacred to Buddha as well, prayer beads are often fashioned from Amethyst. It is also symbolic of royalty and features quite prominently in the British Crown Jewels.

Amethyst is the February birthstone.

The Amethyst is also recommended for men when they wish to attract attention from the fairer sex. Promoting pleasant dreams, providing immunity to poison, improving memory, providing security and peace of mind  and freeing ones self from those addictive personalities (oneself or others) are just a few of the many uses of our featured gem.  Give it a try, or you may never know.

— Zak

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Quartz: Rock Crystal

Primarily made up of silicon dioxide, Quarts encompasses a vast family of stones. The crystals are generally six-sided and occur in all shades and colours, depending on the temperature at the time of their formation.

Rock Crystal is formed from clear lustrous Quartz and was first discovered in the Alps, it was then believed to be a kind of ice or ‘krystallos’. It has been valued since ancient times as a magical stone or “Stone of Power”, hence the art of crystal gazing.

Crystal and Sterling Silver Dragon Pendant made by Goldfish Jewellery Design Studio. - rock crystal -
Crystal and Sterling Silver Dragon Pendant made by Goldfish Jewellery Design Studio

In Medieval Europe, the alchemists believed that if the stone was cut in a certain way and then placed in the sun, it would have the power to make any solid thing invisible.

The Japanese thought it to be the perfect jewel symbolising purity, patience and perseverance.

Noble women in ancient Rome carried Crystal balls in their hands on hot summer days, believing that it was formed from ice and thus had cooling properties.

American Indians believed it to have life, and treated it as sacred. They would even feed their crystals with the blood from slain Deer or Caribou, to show respect.

It was even said that the Druids made themselves invisible using Crystal, to travel undetected.

Crystal is a multipurpose healer, as it stimulates natural crystals in body tissues and fluids to resonate at a new healing frequency.

— Reinette


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This sunny, happy stone is a member of the quarts family, and is basically the yellow to orange-brown variant that grows in conjunction with Amethyst.

Natural Citrine is actually rare; most gems on the market are Amethyst (purple) that has been heat-treated to turn yellow.

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“Celtic Love”. Citrine set in 9ct Gold Ring. Made by Goldfish Jewellery Design Studio

Citrine got its name from the French word for lemon: “citron”.

In Ancient times this gem was carried to ward of evil thoughts and snake bites. It is also said that if you place it in your moneybox it will attract more business, hence its nickname, ‘Merchant Stone’.

Citrine is one of the few stones that dispel negative energy, so it never needs to be energetically cleaned. In fact, this stone is excellent for alleviating depression and for brightening up those dark corners of ones self. It helps the wearer to laugh and frees the mind from negative thought.

On the physical side it is used in the treatment of thyroid, kidney and liver problems. It also aids in matters of digestion and blood circulation.

Citrine is one of the November birthstones and is well known for its calming energies. The stone also represents strength and hope, peace, prosperity, loyalty, healing and creativity.

— Reinette


Goldfish Jewellery Design Studio works with all precious metals, stones and diamonds. For further information, please contact us.