Cabochon Oval Amethyst and Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace
A beautiful Sterling Silver & Amethyst Gemstone necklace. Handcrafted on Salt Spring Island by Alvaro Sanchez.
The Sterling Silver chain measures 18 inches while the pendant measures 3/8 inch
Amethyst was highly prized in antiquity for its calming effect and the name derived from the Greek amethustos or "non-inebriated". It is often used as a meditation stone to help quieten the mind and as an aid to finding inner peace.
Amethyst is also the birthstone for February.
Silver is a highly malleable metal with a brilliant white metallic lustre that can take a high degree of polishing. This has led to its huge popularity in jewellery where it is combined with copper to make it more durable. This alloy has been known as sterling silver since the 13th century. The minimum fineness of silver allowable in sterling silver is 92.5% which gives rise to the term 925. However most jewellery today uses the ration 97.5% silver to 2.5 % copper.
Since ancient times, silver has been closely associated with the moon and lunar influences.
Diana the Roman goddess of the moon hunted with a silver bow.