Amethyst is the birthstone for February (and for the star-sign Pisces,) I think it’s fair to say most people are familiar with the purple quartz.
It’s quite a favourite of mine, particularly the deeper rich toned versions. Purple has long been considered a royal colour so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand throughout history. Fine amethysts are found in the British Crown Jewels & were also a favourite of Catherine the Great.
The Greek word ‘amethystos’ translates to ‘not drunken’ – Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness and symbolise sobriety which is why wine goblets were often carved from it and Bishop’s rings are often set with them – it obviously works!
Amethyst grow can grow in large crystals which makes the ideal for ‘make a statement’ jewellery or cocktail rings, you know how Iove a cocktail ring! They work fabulously with bright, summer colours such as turquoise and coral and of course pair beautifully with diamonds.
Amethyst – a bright, vibrant and above all fun gemstone. I love working with it, February’s on a winner there