Here is a couple of pictures of the earrings. Can you believe I have been wearing these things for over 20 years and have never found out what they are? Maybe amethyst?
Here they are stuck in a blue candle so you can see their purply, lavender color up against blue. And it was the only way I could think to stand them up.
This whole ordeal is much harder on my mom than it is on me. She is very close to her sister and they already lost their parents. Add this to unresolved issues in her family (alchoholism, hypochrondriac mother) and it sets the stage for some emotional upheaval. My mother's fav weapon to flail herself with is the mighty sword of Guilt.
If you have any ideas about the stones origin, please feel free to pass them on. I probably should go to a jeweler and have them assess them. I have never been that interested. I just knew that I loved them, they went with about everything, and didn't turn my ears green.