Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Royally Purple

Okay, who does not like purple? I know a few of us use it in a majority of our designs, and why not? Purple is the color of royalty because it was so expensive to produce. Remember my Snail Spit post a few years ago? 

Here are some of the most expensive purple stones I could find.


This stone is capable of changing colors and is derived from chrysoberyl. It may appear purple at night, but green during the day. It can run $45,000 per carat. It is the birthstone of  the June babies.



This purple gemstone was not even discovered to be purple until it was cut open and faceted. It is also available in red. It is considered the rarest of all gemstones.  


Purple Garnet

Most people are familiar with the red garnet, but there is a purple version of this pretty stone. It is the blue garnet (which is the rarest of garnets) under an incandescent light. It can run $3,000 a carat. The garnet is a January birthstone.

Purple Garnet


This is one of my all time favs. It was discovered in Tanzania in 1967, and up until then, the blue version was the most commonly seen. It is a variety of the zoisite and today’s  December baby gets to claim it as theirs.


Purple Apatite

This group of minerals are a good source of phosphorus and commonly found in fertilizer. Apatite is usually found as a green stone, but the purple version is a translucent or transparent stone that has a  glassy luster and a lot of clarity.

Purple Apatite

In addition to these lovely and expensive purples, we have the most commonly used purple stones like amethyst, purple flourite, purple topaz, agate, chalcedony, jade and jasper. Most of us use some form of these purples when we design jewelry.

Here are some even more lovely lavenders to enjoy! Get out on the royal side and buy them all!

Lavender Moon Art Print

Photography & Digital By Colleen Cornelius

Purple Floral Earrings, Unique Polymer Clay Jewelry

Victorian Style Treasures 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Premium Purple EDP Shiny Glossy

Covergirl Beads 

Purple shamballa beads, black skull bead, bracelet, macrame wrap

Andrea Designs 

Peacock Blue Iris Czech Blue Opal Beadwoven Handmade Dangle Earrings


Cape Ametrine Gemstone Bracelet Violet Lampwork Glass Bead Double Strands

Magdalene Jewels 

Purple Jewelry - Striped Agate Necklace - Gemstone Pendant - Statement Necklace


Dotted Lampwork Earrings, White Aqua Purple Colorful Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Purple And Lilac Pearl And Crystal Earrings With A Long Dangle, Sterling Silver Ear Wires

The Singing Beader 

Macadamia Wood & Resin Exotic Wood Oval dangle Earrings


Hummingbird Bangle Bracelets for Women with Charms and Purple Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Are you feeling royal yet?

Don't see what you are looking for?
You will find more gift ideas from these designers and artists here:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

You are my Sunshine

Orange You Glad it’s Getting Warmer

Think Pink this Spring

Green with Envy

Red is for Passion

Who Has Time for the Blues?

Feel free to reach out and ask the artists and designers if they could make something just for you.


  1. We love purple, yes we do! Those gemstones are so beautiful. I enjoyed reading about them. And what a great variety of purple handmade gifts! Thank you for including my lilac and purple pearl earrings, Julie.

  2. Beautiful Purple Artisan Gifts to compliment your Blog! Thank you for including my Violet/Gemstone Bracelet!

  3. Royal, indeed! What an interesting post, Julie and Harry. Have never heard of taaffeite - now am going to have to read up on it. I love purple, too (and do remember your snail spit blog). You found a whole host of purple pretties and am thrilled my earrings are included. Will share the items and the blog far and wide. Treats to the Handsome Harry Pup from the Moose Who's Keeping an Eye on the Workmen Across the Street. Thanks, again.

  4. I also love purple. Interesting reading and beautiful purple gemstones. I too love the Tanzanite. Thank you Julie for a delightful blog of Purple handmade gift ideas.

    Have pinned all on 3 different boards will be sharing elsewhere!

  5. Julie,
    Gorgeous color, thank you for adding my Purple shamballa macrame bracelet to your amazing collection of purple.
    I shared all the handmade creations on Twitter, and Pinterest board 2021-Mother's day -Handmade shopping guide.

  6. Gorgeous choices and lovely pix of the minerals! Anyone who loves purple is sure to love this collection and info. (Treats to Prince Harry Pup!)

  7. You have chosen a really beautiful color this week Julie. Those purple gemstones are to die for. I am actually lucky to have a color change alexandrite stone that I purchased over 20 years ago. Thank you very much for including my beadwoven earrings. Will be pinning, tweeting all!

  8. Enjoyed learning about these beautiful purple stones. Purple is a fav of mine. Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous handmade items and for including my purple lampwork beads. Sharing!

  9. I love purple too and Prince (RIP). Thanks for including my necklace. Pinned all to MothersDay Gifts and tweeted this post.

  10. Love the gorgeous stones, listings and colors. Great article. Thanks for including my exotic wood earrings and promotions.