Amethyst: A Stone of Royalty

February babies, do I have a stone for you! Meet amethyst, the traditional birthstone for our month (yeah, I am one). This purple beauty is a type of quartz and is said to have grounding and calming properties. In fact, the ancient Greeks named it “amethystos,” which means “not intoxicated,” because they believed it could […]

The Truth About Turquoise

A close up of several strands of polished blue turquoise chips

With the amount of turquoise jewelry being sold today, you might reasonably expect that turquoise is a common, affordable stone. In fact, gemstone-quality turquoise is as rare as diamonds, according to a 2014 article in Smithsonian Magazine. Most of the turquoise on the market today is reconstituted and dyed, created from lesser-quality material that is […]