Have you ever considered who thought to name a birthstone for each month of the year? Although there are many varieties of origins to be found, such as biblical references or ancient zodiac correspondences, the distinctly modern list of of birthstones was defined in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers, otherwise known as the Jewelers of America. The list has remained unchanged, except for the addition of Tanzanite as an additional birthstone of December.
The birthstone for February is a purple variety of quartz commonly known as Amethyst. It is quite a well known mineral and gemstone. Amethyst can be found in light to dark shades of purple.
This stone, as well as being gorgeous, is known for a variety of energetic aspects. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness” and many people think of amethyst as a stone of sobriety. In general, amethyst is thought to be a protective stone, can give the wearer courage, and even helps with insomnia! Amethyst has historical associations with many myths, legends, religions and cultures. Currently, Brazil is the primary source of Amethyst, but the mineral can be found in other places as well.
I was asked to come up with some jewelry pieces for a February birthday, highlighting the Amethyst stones, crystals, and beads that we have at Bello Modo. Amethyst is one of my very favorite minerals and I welcomed the challenge! Squares have been very pleasing to me lately and I was most excited to use the Swarovski Cubes in Cyclamen Opal and square Amethyst beads.
So, what did I come up? I created a simple, yet gorgeous, Fireline strung necklace using Amethyst stones, Swarovski 6mm Cubes and 2mm Rounds, 11/0 Round Seed Beads, and Tierracast Findings in Brass. The necklace is simple enough to string on your own if you would like to follow my design. Here is the list of components:
- Fireline .008″ 6# test 125 yd. Crystal Clear
- Crimp Bead 2×2 Brass Oxide (pk of 100)
- Clasp Set – Artisan Brass Oxide
- Bead – Faceted Cube 6mm Brass Oxide (pk of 4)
- Jumpring – Oval Medium 20G – Brass Oxide (pk of 100)
- Wire Protectors
- 12mm Coin – Amethyst
- 6mm Cube Cyclamen Opal
- 12x12mm Flat Square – Amethyst
- 11/0 Round Marbled Turquoise / Amethyst OP
- 2mm Swarovski Round or 2.5mm Bicone
I also challenged myself to create a design that highlights the use of our new CzechMates QuadraTiles in Amethyst TL as I had not yet worked with them.
The bracelet contains Amethyst TL QuadraTile, Metallic Ice Amethyst 4mm Fire-polished beads, 4mm Round Swarovski Crystals in Crystal Moonlight, and 15/0 Round seed beads in Amethyst Gunmetal all strung on C-Lon Light Orchid Size D thread. I finished the bracelet with our new magnetic clasp from Mag-Lok. Often, people name the jewelry pieces they create.
My challenge to you is to name my bracelet!
I will put out a pattern for the bracelet soon so that you may experiment with the QuadraTiles and build your own February birthstone bracelet. The components that I used come in a variety of colors and finishes, you could create this bracelet in any shade of the rainbow and one for each birthstone of the year!
Remember that I have challenged you to name the bracelet I have created!
The winner will receive a $5 gift voucher to spend at Bello Modo! Submit your name suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jewelry created by Wild Human for Bello Modo