JEWEL OF AFRICA are proud to present you with the latest trends of beautifully crafted jewellery hand made in Zambia by Zambians. We believe that you are exclusive and so we offer you the opportunity to design your own jewellery with a wide selection of gems to suit your style.
Over the past 25 years we have acquired an excellent reputation as exclusive Jewellers, exporting our jewellery to satisfied customers world wide.
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Our Jewellery Collections
Choose exclusive designs from our treasure chest full of beautiful jewellry which include the hottest trends to designs from the heart. Colour is a wonderful way to express your individuality. Our top gemstones and jewellery are certified by our professional FGA/GIA gemologists. All our gemstones are conflict-free and ethically sourced.
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Rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. For all your special occasions, let us help to design your dream piece that our master jewellers will turn into reality.
Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species. It’s the gem that’s most commonly associated with the colour purple, even though there are other purple gems such as sapphire and tanzanite. Its purple colour can be cool and bluish, or a reddish purple that’s sometimes referred to as “raspberry.”
Amethyst’s purple colour can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple, and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of angular zones of darker to lighter color.
Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. Amethyst is also the gem 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries gift.
Amethyst is a gem whose beauty transcends its commonality. It is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world and one of the largest global amethyst producers is Zambia with an annual production of about 1000 tonnes.
Amethyst forms as transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single terminations. It is also found in vitreous masses and polished into wonderful specimens and personal talismans. The presence of manganese in clear Quartz produces Amethyst, while additional amounts of iron vary the purple coloration. Amethyst ranges in hue from pale red-violet to deep violet, and may be transparent or opaque. It is sometimes layered with white Quartz as Chevron Amethyst, found in combination with Cacoxenite, mixed with Citrine as Ametrine, or in rare cases, “rutilated” with Goethite.
Caring for your Amethyst Jewelry
Amethyst rates a 7 on the Mohs scale and has good toughness, so it is suitable for all jewelry types. Amethyst can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, and amethyst should not be subjected to heat.