Black Onyx comes from the Quartz family of gemstones and it is usually dyed black. Historically, agate was used by the Greeks and Romans as a decorative, carveable stone to make cameos and seals. It was highly regarded by the ancients; it was believed to make the wearer agreeable and persuasive. It was also believed to produce strength, to protect the wearer from tempests, to guard from dangers and impart a bold heart. By wearing agate jewellery, a person could cure their insomnia and ensure they had good dreams! Agate was also very popular in Victorian times and was heavily used in Art Deco jewellery in the 1920s.
Amethyst belongs to the Quartz family, which includes rock crystal, citrine, smoky quartz and rose quartz. The word Quartz derives from Krustallos – the Greek word for ice. Traditionally, amethyst was worn to guard against drunkenness, to instill a sober and serious mind and in addition, to give peace of mind. This gem was very popular in the late 19th century and was used in a great deal of Victorian jewellery. The BUNNEY/UE studs Amethyst have beautiful inclusions, and it is the birthstone for February.