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The February Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Don royal purple with the February birthstone: amethyst! This unusually-hued gemstone will make any wearer into an instant queen.

 

February Birthstone

Amethyst jewelry is the go-to purchase for February birthdays and Valentine’s gifts. The February birthstone is stunning yet graceful, rewarding those bold enough to wear it with plenty of turned heads!

What is the Birthstone for February?

It’s amethyst! Amethyst is a violet type of quartz, the crystalline mineral silicon dioxide. This is a great jewelry gemstone, as it’s not only gorgeous, but also sufficiently resilient to withstand day-to-day wear. It rates a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, indicating that it’s pretty difficult to scratch. Amethyst is a jewel that’s ready to keep up with your active lifestyle.

The History of Amethyst

Amethyst isn’t only good in the form of birthstone jewelry. This gemstone takes its name from the ancient Greek belief that it could protect its bearer from poison and drunkenness: a- (not) + methysko (intoxicating). Not only was amethyst worn as talismanic jewelry, but it was also carved into cups to prevent over-tipsiness.

With all due respect to the ancient Greeks, we disagree. Amethyst is positively intoxicating!

Amethyst February Birthstone

How to Style Amethyst

Purple can be a tricky color to style, and a trickier one to style well. When it comes to amethyst, it looks best when paired with certain colors of clothes.

  • similar shades of purple
  • neutral shades: black, white, gray, silver or gold.

As for who can wear amethyst, everyone’s in luck. Amethystian purple hedges both cool and warm tones, and as such it complements any complexion. Jewelry-wearers of the world, rejoice! This is your sign to rock amethyst jewelry.

Who Wears Amethyst?

Perhaps because of its royal connotations, but most certainly because of its beauty, amethyst is a solid favorite among red carpet celebrities. And as you can see, stars like Diane Kruger and Zoe Saldana are also fans of pairing their jewels with purple fabrics. 

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The Value of Amethyst Birthstone

Amethyst is valued primarily by the quality of its color rather than its carat weight. Meaning that you can score a heftily-sized gemstone for a much more reasonable price than other jewels. 

Amethyst Stone Meaning

The February gemstone is also rife with meaning. In the past, Tibetan Buddhist monks considered it holy and carved prayer beads from it and English royalty reserved it for themselves due to its sacred properties. And amethyst became the February birthstone thanks to the legendary St. Valentine, who donned an amethyst ring as he performed illicit marriages; this eventually led to the modern-day practice of gifting amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Modern-day lore claims that it is a powerful protective stone with cognitive and emotional stimulating properties.

Amethyst Rings

Deck your digits with a purple ring or two (or three), so you can punctuate every gesture with lavender. Choose a small stone for everyday wearing and stacking, or pump up the purple and go crazy with an oversized amethyst cocktail ring.

Petite Amethyst
Birthstone Ring

“Perfect in every way. I chose this for my 9 year old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful.”
– Johanna T.

Doubled Amethyst
and Diamond Ring

“A beautifully designed ring! The few diamonds on the ring next to the amethyst are a subtle compliment overall.”
-Marcin B.

Amethyst Earrings

Frame your face with two delicate purple gemstones. Amethyst earrings look particularly lovely on wearers with blue and brown eyes. And of course, they’re absolutely plum-colored stunning on those with violet-colored irises!

Cultured Pearl
and Amethyst Earrings

“The earrings were well made and delicate. My wife loved it as a birthday gift.”
– Felipe S.

Oval-Cut Amethyst
Stud Earrings

“This was a gift for my daughter-in-law and she was very happy.”
– Josette B.

Amethyst Necklaces

A single amethyst worn around the neck is known to protect its wearer from boring jewelry choices. Flaunt your unique personal style with a unique purple gemstone, set in precious metal.

Amethyst Birthstone
Necklace

“The birthstone necklace was stunning; the perfect birthday gift for my wife; she was mesmerized by it.” – Jonathan O.

Victorian Diamond
and Amethyst Necklace

“I bought this to celebrate the birth of our daughter and my wife loves it!” -Jason K.

The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

If you’re a February baby, or you’re looking for the perfect February gift, you are in luck! Amethyst is strong, affordable, and complements every complexion. Take your pick of any of the amethyst fan favorites listed above. 

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * October Opal * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz.

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone? Or maybe you’re looking to reward yourself with some end-of-year sparkle? James Allen is here with the best holiday gift ideas for 2021.

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

The 2021 gift-giving season is a complicated one. Supply chain issues and shipping delays have made it even more difficult to find – and receive – great gifts in time for the holidays. But no worries! Below you can find a list of unique Christmas gifts that, yes, will ship in time for you to put them under the tree.  

For the 2021 holiday season, we’re focusing on gemstone jewelry sets. Gemstone holiday gifts are particularly popular this year, and as you read on you’ll learn why.

What Are Jewelry Sets?

What’s a jewelry set? It’s a pair, or trio, or quartet of matching or complementary jewelry pieces. Any combination of earrings + necklace + ring + bracelet counts as a jewelry set. 

Why Should I Purchase Jewelry As a Set? 

Purchasing a few pieces of jewelry at once is a greater commitment than purchasing them one at a time. So why do it? 

  1. Because wearing matching jewelry makes a much larger visual impact than wearing disparate pieces. Jewelry sets look extremely professional, put-together, and they take the stress out of coordinating your jewelry “wardrobe.” Just throw on the matching set and you’re good to go!  
  2. It’s a versatile purchase. Any jewelry set can be worn separately for any occasion. 
  3. Gifting a jewelry set is guaranteed to drop some jaws. Unwrapping multiple pieces is an experience that any gift recipient will remember for ages. 

How Should I Gift a Jewelry Set?

Holiday jewelry sets are a way to take your gift-giving to the next level. We recommend gifting them one of two ways. 

Option 1: gift the whole set together. You can wrap them in a single package or draw out the excitement by wrapping each piece individually. Now that is an unforgettable Christmas jewelry gift!

Option 2: gift the set gradually over the course of a year. For example, gift the necklace during the holidays, then give the matching earrings on Valentine’s day, and finish with a bang by wrapping up the matching ring as a birthday present. 

The Pros of Colorful Jewelry

Diamonds are a classic choice, and purchasing them as a set is a great way to ensure their wearability across a variety of wardrobes. However, don’t be afraid to go for nonstandard pieces or ones that feature a bit more color. 

While the disadvantage of colorful gemstone pieces is their suitability with only certain outfits, the main advantage is the statements that they make. As a rule, matching gemstone pieces make a greater impression than matching colorless pieces thanks to the striking effect of their unique hues.

The Affordability of Gemstone Jewelry

Another advantage of gemstone jewelry sets as Christmas gifts is their relative affordability to more expensive stones. Usually, your budget will go further when you buy gemstone jewelry as compared to diamond jewelry – meaning that for the price of one diamond piece you can often buy a couple gemstone pieces. 

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Gemstone Jewelry Standouts of 2021

Read on to find out why gemstone jewelry has been on the up-and-up in 2021 – and discover customers’ favorite pieces!

Blue topaz and a diamond ring

It’s been an all-too-crazy and, at the same time, monotonous year. So it’s no wonder that people have been gravitating toward gemstones. They’re full of mood. They’re colorful shatterers of the boring status quo. And they’re so pretty!

Emerald Gemstone Jewelry

Emerald is a beautiful green stone whose vivid hue is particularly enhanced by proper cuts. They display an astonishing spectrum of magisterial green shades. In fact, the most diva-est of divas have always had a thing for emerald jewelry. That could be for a good reason: because emeralds can be quite dark in color, it’s best to opt for larger carats, which allow more light to strike the stone and reveal its features. 

Large jewels = star power.

Cleopatra claimed every emerald mine in Egypt for her own, Elizabeth Taylor famously wore a $6.6 million emerald brooch, and Jackie O’s engagement ring featured a stunning 2.84-carat emerald. It’s undeniable: emeralds work it.

DYK? May’s birthstone is emerald!

Diamond and Emerald Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet

Wow! This bracelet is amazing.
– Reemy J.

Petite Diamond and Emerald Earrings

18K White Gold Petite Drop Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)

Great craftsmanship. These are petite earrings but they can be worn anytime.
– Jessica N. 

Aquamarine Gemstone Jewelry

Ah aquamarine, the watery-blue gemstone. These light-blue stones are remarkable reflectors of light, thanks to their naturally occurring hexagonal facets. Plus, aquamarine is a 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale, making it a strong, durable jewel that stands up well to daily wear. 

Aquamarine’s blue is exceptionally bright and pairs perfectly with another intense sparkler: diamond. Historically, it’s been used to soothe and has even been lauded by ancient sailors as a lucky talisman while at sea.

DYK? March’s birthstone is aquamarine!

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
– Edward S.

Diamond and Aquamarine Earrings

These aquamarine earrings are absolutely gorgeous! The pair is simple yet elegant!
– Asma A.

Sapphire Gemstone Jewelry

Sapphires are one of the most popular precious stones in gemstone jewelry. They’re also one of the most versatile: sapphires come in classic blue, as well as pink, yellow, and green!

Not only are they gorgeous, but sapphires are also incredibly durable gemstones, with a score of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire jewelry without worrying about scratching, chipping, or any other wear-and-tear.

Blue sapphires have a distinctly royal flavor. England’s royal family is known for wearing sapphire jewelry, from Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring (currently worn by Kate Middleton) to Queen Elizabeth II’s sapphire wedding jewelry. All hail!

DYK? September’s birthstone is sapphire!

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Lily Necklace

Even more beautiful than advertised. Absolutely stunning. Perfect experience!
– Stephen M.

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

The sapphire and diamond earrings are absolutely beautiful. Again, James Allen provided high quality, beautiful jewelry.
– Joseph P.

Topaz Gemstone Jewelry

Topaz is beloved for its crystal-clear beauty across the entire blue spectrum. It can appear in an aquamarine-like light blue, or in a hue as rich as the deep sea. Each gemstone’s color is unique.

Topaz is the ideal choice for budget-conscious fans of azure gemstones since it can mirror the hue of a light sapphire. You can score a large topaz with incredible clarity for a reasonable price. 

DYK? December’s birthstone is topaz!

Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

The blue topaz necklace is beautiful. It takes my outfit to the next level!
– Rebecca V.

Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Blue Topaz And Diamond Halo Bypass Ring

Simple but elegant. Simply beautiful!
– Kaleem A.

Pearl Gemstone Jewelry

Pearl jewelry deserves all the hype that comes its way. After all, they’re not only gorg –  they’re also the only critter-created gemstone! Pearls’ oyster origins give them a wonderful symmetry and graceful shimmer that complements absolutely any wardrobe choice. And not all pearls are white; some varieties are pink or even silvery black.

Pearl harvesting is a largely sustainable industry that promotes the health of liminal zones. Pearl-producing oysters can create multiple batches of pearls, all the while growing and getting on with their normal tasks of filtering natural bodies of water.

DYK? June’s birthstone is pearl!

Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

My wife loves them! She wears them daily to her office, but they look just as good in a formal setting.
– Brad M.

Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Textured Brilliance Bead Bangle Bracelet

I received this bracelet today and just fell in love with it. The gold beads have extra sparkle, the pearls are flawless.
– Colleen M.

Ruby Gemstone Jewelry

Ruby jewelry is the choice for the boldest and most fiery of gemstone wearers! No matter how you wear it, this stone’s unsubtle red pop is an attention-grabber. Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier diamond and ruby necklace became instantly world-famous when she initially donned it. The royal families of England, Denmark, and Portugal own absolutely stunning sets of ruby jewelry.

But for all its dramatic red flair, ruby is actually a close relative of the sapphire. Both are variants of the mineral corundum. So go for a classic red lip, don your ruby jewelry, and you’ll be ready to walk a red carpet of your own making.

DYK? July’s birthstone is ruby!

Inside Out Diamond and Ruby Earrings

Bought these for my wife after she gave birth to our second daughter, who was born in July (Ruby). The earnings glisten from nearly every angle!
– William P.

Petite Ruby Birthstone Ring

I chose this for my 9-year-old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful and just the right daintiness.
– Johanna T.

TO SUM IT UP

Gemstones are a colorful, and often quite affordable, jewelry choice. Whether you’re into emeralds, aquamarines, sapphires, topaz, pearls, or rubies, an incredible variety of gemstone jewelry pieces is ripe for the picking.

Searching for more unique gemstones? Read more below!

  1. Gemstone Engagement Rings
  2. Jewelry For Your Zodiac Sign
  3. Holiday Jewelry Trends
  4. Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry

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All about November Birthstone with James Allen’s tips

Citrine, the November birthstone, is one of the top-selling yellow gemstones. Here’s why.

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Cut Madeira Citrine Checkerboard Leverback Earrings

If you’re a lover of citrus fruit and earth tones in general, you’re in for a real treat with this month’s birthstone. Introducing citrine, the vitamin C of gemstones. Citrine gets its succulent-sounding name from its lemon-yellow coloration.

Wearers of the November birthstone are said to experience enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity, as well as a decrease in negative energy. It’s also thought to aid in healing the physical self.

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November Birthstone: Sweet Citrines Are Made of This

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Citrine Diamond Huggie Earrings

Like amethyst, citrine is a variety of quartz – one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust. Its yellow-to-orange hues are caused by trace amounts of iron in its crystal structure.

Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on any of this!

November Birthstone: Few and Far Citrine

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Citrine And Diamond Necklace
Emerald-Cut Citrine and Diamond Necklace

Given the abundance and variety of quartz, you’d be forgiven for thinking that citrine, too, is a common gemstone. However, natural yellow citrine is actually quite rare.

Nevertheless, the November birthstone is relatively affordable, so you can get a much larger, more ornate stone for your dollar. Citrine’s value is not determined by size, but rather by the intensity of color. The more intense the color, the more expensive the stone.

Pro tip: Citrine is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz, which has a similar appearance. Make sure you’re not overpaying for citrine mislabeled as topaz.

November Birthstone: Celebs and Citrine

18K Yellow Gold Octogan Citrine And Diamond Ring
Octogan Citrine and Diamond Ring

Kate Middleton may officially go by The Duchess of Cambridge, but we know her simply as the Queen of Citrine. Her ring is estimated to be around five to seven carats, yet surprisingly light on the purse strings.

Another celeb to say Hello to the November birthstone is Adele. The Grammy Award winner swears by citrine and won’t perform without it. She goes so far as to attribute the success of her live shows to the crystal’s supposed powers.

November Birthstone: A Citrine Come True

Do you dream of citrine? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Check out our previous guides: January garnets, February amethysts, March aquamarines, April diamonds, May emeralds, July rubies.

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Diamond Cluster Earrings and Pendants

Popular since the dawn of jewelry, diamond cluster earrings and diamond cluster pendants provide some serious sparkle.

ruby diamond cluster earrings

Why go for simple luster when you can choose cluster? As opposed to the classic diamond stud earrings, cluster diamond jewelry pieces add extra sparkle by featuring one stone surrounded by similarly sized gems. A breathtaking amount of light reflection ensues.

You can opt to keep it classic or surround your diamond cluster with an additional halo of gemstones.

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Diamond Cluster Earrings & Pendants (or Necklaces)

Ruby Halo and Diamond Cluster Earrings

Ruby slippers, step aside: there’s no place like wherever these ruby halo earrings are shining. This bold statement-making pair is perfect for a night out.

14K White Gold Ruby And Diamond Halo Cluster Earrings

Floral Diamond Cluster Earrings

Both modern and elegant, these cluster earrings feature five diamond-accented petals. The milgrain detailing in the cluster also softens its overall appearance.

floral cluster diamond earrings

Lotus Flower Diamond Cluster Earrings

Like the feminine flower after which they are named, these cluster diamond studs fan out into a beautiful and dramatic shape.

lotus flower cluster diamond earrings

Art Deco Marquise Diamond Cluster Necklace

Reminiscent of the 1920s style of art, this necklace is a gorgeous throwback. Stay classy with vintage yellow gold and a simple geometric pattern.

art deco gold diamond cluster necklace

Sapphire Halo and Diamond Cluster Necklace

Even the bail of this pendant is encrusted in diamonds, a detail that complements the sweet sapphires’ halo of color.

14K White Gold Sapphire And Diamond Halo Cluster Necklace

Divine Lotus Flower Diamond Cluster Earrings

Time to put the petal to the metal! These floral diamond studs are a spectacular array of brilliance.

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Lusting for clusters? Explore Cluster Diamond Jewelry and check out our Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring guide.

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