Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fanfare Please -- Rough & Polished Amethyst & Crystal Quartz Bracelet

By now you have to know how much I love gemstones in their rough state. That being said – this three-strand bracelet is made up of rough amethyst and dazzling crystal quartz.

As a complement, I’ve used faceted, polished 12mm light amethyst beads. All of the amethyst stones have “garden” in them, which means they are not completely transparent. like you would see in faceted Zambian gemstones.



Amethyst is known to instill a peaceful, calm state in the wearer. Sounds good. Amethyst is known to help boost the ability to relax the mind and the body. So, okay. Amethyst is also known to heighten awareness and balance the chakras in the body, which, in turn, results in gaining perspective and deeper levels of introspection. A little aerie-fairy – but you’re still reading and that’s good because I am still writing. Here’s the kicker – in days of old, it was thought that if you drank alcohol from a drinking vessel carved from amethyst, drunkenness would not occur. One would think that the stores would be full of amethyst drinking glasses, right? And, if that’s not enough, there were times when amethyst ,along with the color purple, could only be worn by royalty. And, you’ll find it in prominent use in the Crown Jewels as well.



The dark rough amethyst nuggets are quite large – so if you are in search of a bracelet that will get noticed, make a statement and still has a feminine touch, then this could be just the ticket. When I design pieces I like a touch of contrast – so the finest quality Czech glass specialty faceted glass beads catch the light in an unusual way that plays against the rough nature of the gemstones.
This bracelet looks great alone – in fact, the three strands when lying flat next to each other measure 1 ½”. But, that doesn’t stop me from stacking on a few others with it. I’ve given you some styling options here showing it with vintage Lucite, Joan Boyce, Judith Ripka and a lepidolite bracelet from my collection. Knowing all of you, royalty that you are, I am sure you’ll come up with ways to wear this beauty that truly makes it your own. From the Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Trunk Show Collection. Made in the USA of domestic and imported components.