Amber Laine offers gemstones in a veritable rainbow of colors. From the royal purple amethyst stone, to clear cubic zirconia , and everything in between. Whether you want a bold new look, or something more classically styled, we’re here to provide an eclectic mix of colors, cuts, and stones to suit your tastes!
Amusing Anecdotes about Amethyst
1. Amethyst represented the Spirit of God on the robes of the High Priest of the Jews, as described by Moses
2. Russian Empress Catherine the Great dispatched thousands of miners into the Ural mountains to seek out Amethyst
3. In Tibet, amethyst was dedicated to the Buddha, and was thought to promote clarity of mind
4. One ancient Greek saga depicts the goddess Diana transforming a nymph loved by Bacchus into an amethyst, from which the stone gets the name “Bacchus Stone”
5. Amethyst was used by the ancient Egyptians for intaglio carved gems
6. The especially beautiful color of Russian amethysts caused them to become the standard for the best amethysts
7. Great thinker Leonardo da Vinci claimed that amethyst was responsible for ridding the mind of evil thoughts and quickening the intellect
8. Across history and cultures, amethyst has been thought to guard against drunkenness and perhaps to be helpful in overcoming addiction
Because amethyst is only a moderately hard gem about a seven on the Mohs scale you can clean it with a soft bristled brush, but be careful to store it away from other jewelry, or in its own cloth or plastic bag. Do not expose amethyst to chemicals, acids, oils, or cosmetics, as they could dull the luster or even alter the color. This includes pool water and salt water. And unless you want your amethyst changing colors on you, make sure you store it out of the sunlight and avoid extreme temperatures. Never steam clean amethyst jewelry.
Cubic Zirconia is a Girl’s Best Friend!
Unmistakably the best simulated diamond on the market today, Cubic Zirconia is a beautiful and versatile stone that has been used as a diamond substitute that has started to be valued as a fashionable stone all by itself. Frequently made into gold- or rhodium-plated sterling silver Cubic Zirconia jewelry, is a brilliant stone that can be made into almost any jewelry you can imagine. Cubic Zirconia is a lab grown crystal that at first was made by scientists to perform like a diamond. Some people strive to make Cubic Zirconia a better facsimile of a diamond by improving techniques to quench the colorful flashes of light known as fire and improve brilliance, or the white flashes of light given off by diamonds and Cubic Zirconia, creating an almost undetectable diamond substitute to the naked eye, while some appreciate the fire for what it is and wear their Cubic Zirconia with pride. Cubic Zirconia comes in different colors, sizes, and shapes, and is a popular gemstone for fashion jewelry because of its low price, and is set into precious metals and carefully crafted to be just as beautiful and elegant as higher-priced diamond jewelry.
Because Cubic Zirconia is a hard gemstone, be sure to keep it apart from your other jewelry or keep it in a small cloth or plastic bag by itself to prevent it from scratching your other jewelry. Although Cubic Zirconia is a durable crystal that will keep its color and brightness for ages to come, avoid letting it coming into contact with harsh chemicals or abrasives, which could dull its brilliance.