February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst - Birthstone for February

Amethyst
Classification: Quartz
Moh Scale Hardness:  7
Can NOT be fired in metal clay

Amethyst is another great stone to use in fingerprint jewelry and it’s colour looks great  with silver.
Because Amethyst cannot be fired into metal clay, it needs to be set after firing. this can be done in  a few ways, depending on the stone’s shape and your skill level. You can be bezel set a larger stone, or alternatively any stone can be prong set after firing.

Bezel Setting:

Fine Silver Bezel Wire can be embedded in the clay before firing and then stone set after everything else has been done, right down to the final polishing.

Prong Setting:

Prongs can be made from metal clay and the stone is then set after firing, or a sterling silver commercial prong setting can be low-fired into the metal clay.
* Please note that sterling silver needs to be fired at a low temperature (650 ºC – 1200ºF) otherwise the metal will degrade and become very brittle

Amethyst Properties

Amethyst is generally known for it’s beautiful purple color, it varies from light to very deep in color., generally attributed to Manganese.
Amethyst is heat treated to produce Citrine (Yellow Quartz)

The name Amethyst was taken from the Greek for ‘Not Intoxicated’
They are thought to protect against drunkenness and to give tranquility, balance and peace.

Amethyst Healing Properties

Amethyst is thought to help with headaches and insomnia, to help with the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions.

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