You might not consider color a luxury. But back in Ancient Rome, the wearing of purple was reserved for the Emperor. Fabric dyed with this rare color was worth its weight in gold. A commoner caught flaunting the royal hue could be sentenced to death! Why all the fuss? Because the rich royal purple dye was extracted using an incredibly difficult technique that involved weeks of hard labor and the sacrifice of thousands of sea snails. The process wasn't glamorous, but the final product was stunning!
Come to think of it, the vivid violets in our Liberte Necklace are no easier to obtain. The extraction of the finest amethyst stones from deep below the surface of Madagascar is hard work and exceptionally dangerous. But once they come to the surface, the danger is over. Since the Roman Emperor's royal purple rules no longer apply, it's perfectly safe to strut your stuff in violet. Once again, purple belongs to the people!
Now you can celebrate your fashion freedom in style. We've collected a gorgeous assortment of imported African amethyst — a total of 200 carats — that are tumbled smooth and mirror-polished to create a festive chain of translucent color. Each genuine amethyst is linked together by hand-twisted and gold-finished jeweler's wire that forms a whimsically creative 18" chain to cradle the naturally-shaped stones. Wear it out and show it off with confidence, knowing that you're not committing a crime. Even though 200 carats for exclusive Stauer price sure makes it feel like you're getting away with something!