Faceted amethyst and raw black tourmaline on oxidized silver. Lovely.
In February's birthstone collection, amethyst is a symbol of protection and has the power to overcome difficulty. It encourages self control and strengthens the bond in a love relationship. Amethyst is also believed to help to steady a restless mind and bring mental and emotional well-being.
Purple has LONG been the symbol of royalty... in fact, only Kings and Queens from Rome, to Byzantium, to the British were allowed to wear the color, in some cases upon pain of death by their subjects if they dared to don it...
"as for me, I will die WEARING THE PURPLE, for it is the noblest of shrouds."
-said by Byzantine Empress Theodora to Emperor Justinian, convincing him to stay put in courage and face the revolt of his people.
Thank you, darling Sophanista.