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Delightful Gemstones

NB: This blog post talks about aspects of my book The Ancient Wish. If you have not read it, please be advised that there may be spoilers discussed here.

Throughout The Ancient Wish, Max is leaning towards a career as a geologist. To emphasise this she encounters several instances of different types of rocks as she travels through Abnyr.

The first ‘magical’ stone is encased in the medallion gifted to her by Roo. This is described as being amethyst, whether it is an actual amethyst is not specified, however Max decides it looks like amethyst since it’s a purple crystal.

The Ancient Wish
by S. A. Beattie
Amethyst: inspiration for the medallion on the cover of The Ancient Wish

Other semi-precious stones Max identifies are sunstone, which is a beautiful orange/brown colour with glittering flecks of gold;


carnelian, a rich orange stone,


and malachite a rippled green stone which is quick striking once crafted.


Of these stones you might be aware that amethyst is the birthstone for February with birthstones being:

January = Garnet

February = Amethyst

March = Aquamarine

April = Diamond

May = Emerald

June = Pearl

July = Ruby

August = Peridot

September = Sapphire

October = Opal

November = Topaz

December = Turquoise

There are differences, with June being Alexandrite, October also being Pink Tourmaline, December being Blue Topaz, and November being Citrine. I don’t claim to know them all, but I do know these can differ from country to country.

Either way, I’ve put together a series of gorgeous journals/notebooks under Lady Beattle Journals, with covers of original fluid art representative of birthstones. Click on any of the linked gemstones above to order a journal of your birthstone.

Do you have a favourite gem or birthstone? Or have I missed one that really should be available as a journal? Let me know in the comments below:


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