Moss amethyst can take on a lot of different looks, but this pair is a soft purple with scattered inclusions, seemingly dancing within their icy lilac matrix. It looks stunning with velvety, chatoyant white Ceylon moonstone - cut perfectly round and expertly faceted. These stones stand out against darkened and polished sterling silver. The earrings are 1 7/16" in total length, including ear wire.
About the stones:
Amethyst is a variety of quartz. It is abundant and a much-loved stone, due to its vibrant purple color. It has long been a top choice of royalty, and was once believe to ward off drunkenness! Amethyst can be heated to become prasiolite (green), citrine (yellow), or smokey quartz (gray/brown). It is the birthstone for February.
Moss amethyst is simply a (light-colored) amethyst with inclusions.
The phenomenon that gives moonstone its' characteristic glow is called adularescence. This light is the result of alternating layers of orthoclase and albite that make up moonstone. Some moonstone has a "chatoyant" effect, creating a cat's eye-like pattern of light. Rainbow moonstone is a different mineral - it is a variety of plagioclase feldspar, a variety of labradorite. It displays "schiller," or flashes of colored light. Conventional moonstone may be called "white moonstone" to differentiate it from rainbow moonstone. Other popular varieties of moonstone are peach, gray, and chocolate. Moonstone is not commonly treated.