The clearest form of gemstone-quality amethyst is from the South of Brazil. Though not the rarest form, its purple hue and crystal clarity have been prized by jewellery makers and wearers alike in the last 150 years since its discovery. Amethyst has been worn since the beginnings of civilization in ancient Greece, where it was worn as a protection against intoxication. Amethysts have also been associated with The Buddha and were used for Buddhist rosaries in Tibet. Amethyst was traditionally considered the birthstone of people born in February.
Indian Faceted Garnet
Garnet in its most vivid red form is the same lustrous red as a pomegranate seed.. The name is derived from the Latin for grain, granum, because garnets are usually small and round in their natural form. Garnet was prized by nobility in the middle ages when it was known as the ‘carbuncle stone’ and appeared in the royal crowns of most European states. Indian Garnet comes from rich mineral deposits in the deserts of Rajasthan in western India and is well-regarded for its attractive deep red colour and lustrous shine. It is a January birthstone.