Purple Amethyst – The February Birthstone
If you have a birthday in February, or know someone who does, you may well be interested in knowing more about this month’s much celebrated birthstone, the amethyst. As with many of the most popular gemstones, the history and mythology of the amethyst dates back to ancient times.
One of the earliest mentions of this semi precious stone, actually a purple/violet variety of quartz, is from the Greeks who made wine goblets carved from amethyst because they believed it would prevent intoxication. So apparently instead of just refraining from the drink, they found a way to imbibe with impunity!
Later on European soldiers wore amulets (pendants) of amethyst to protect them during their many battles. In fact this gemstone has been assigned many attributes throughout history, among them to protect the wearer from contagious disease and to bring forth the highest, purist aspirations of human kind. Perhaps we should all wear this gemstone, or something similar that is equally symbolic.
Purple Sea Glass History and Symbolism
Rare purple sea glass is one of the more romantic sea glass hues. Much of this color dates back to the early part of the 20th Century when manganese was used in glass making. Over time the sun reacts with the additive, turning the glass this exquisite light purple color, also referred to as “sun amethyst.” This frosty lavender/purple sea glass pendant with a coral branch charm is an exceptional specimen, the largest, most perfect one we’ve seen. The sea glass is genuine, beach found and guaranteed to please.
One interesting difference between the gemstone, amethyst, and purple sea glass is that when exposed to UV radiation from the sun, the amethyst actually fades in color, while the purple sea glass becomes even darker.
Purple sea glass is also a symbol of royalty and prosperity. In fact according to the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, the color enhances the wealth corner of the home with a focus on giving and receiving material wealth! What a bonus for the recipient of this beautiful purple sea glass necklace.
Vintage – Pre World War I Sea Glass
These deep lavender, purple sea glass earrings bezel set in sterling are really stunning. I know this first hand because we made several pairs for our new daughter-in-law who wore them on her wedding day, a beautiful “purple themed” day and a gorgeous bride. These can be yours to wear on your special occasion or for any occasion! Did you know that the color purple also represents beauty, calm, sincerity and success in business?
Most lavender sea glass was originally clear glass made from @1880 til 1915 with manganese purchased from Germany. Just after the start of the First World War, U.S. manufacturers were no longer able to import manganese from German-controlled African mines. So this purple sea glass is really vintage!
Sea Glass Gifts with Intrinsic Beauty
Last, but certainly not least, is this stunning lavender, purple sea glass sea glass bracelet bezel set in sterling silver. Five flawless, vintage purple sea glass gems from early 20th century are surrounded with sterling silver to protect and enhance their value. The bracelet is THE gift for a sea glass lover who longs after lavender!
Not only is this purple sea glass bracelet a rare treasure, but it comes with the extra dividend of its many color attributes, for purple is also symbolic of grace, elegance and refinement.
When you give rare, purple sea glass jewelry, you are giving a gift of value and history, a one of a kind gift with intrinsic beauty and good karmic symbolism. You are giving sea glass love!