Amethyst is the birthstone of February and one of the world's most popular coloured Gemstones in the quartz mineral species. Once only given to royalty in Europe, they are now easily available due to the large supply and affordability.
Amethyst History in Greek Mythology
The name derives from the Greek amethystos, meaning “not drunken" a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from intoxication. Ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking cups from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Greek mythology also associated the stone with the Greek god of wine, Bacchus because of its wine-like colour. It is believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted when faced with confrontation.
What Colour is an Amethyst?
The gemstone varies from Lilac to deep Purple however fine, high-quality Amethyst is reddish purple to deep purple.
Gemstone dealers prefer strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple, while still maintaining the brightness of the stone. If it is too dark it can appear Black in dim lighting. A high-quality Amethyst should have no colour zoning (uneven colour distribution) as this lowers the stone’s value.
What does Amethyst Symbolise?
With its rich cultural history, amethyst has come to symbolise many things. Here are a few of the most prominent:
- Natural Amethyst is believed to be connected to the third eye, assisting with intuition, insight, and mysticism.
- The blend of purple hues has long been a symbol of peace, cleansing, and calming energy.
- Many cultures believe the meaning of amethyst is attached to serenity, understanding, trust, and grace.
However, we believe that jewellery gets its meaning from the people who wear and love each piece. Your amethyst jewellery can become a symbol of your love or a specific friendship or moment in your life.
Amethyst Origin: Where is Amethyst Found?
Amethysts can grown in labs or they can be mined in many places including:
Russia was the main source of mining Amethysts until they were found in Brazil in the 19th century. Today the majority of the gemstones are found in Africa and South America.
Brazil still holds a huge supply, however, the rough Amethyst mined there tends to have a lighter colour than Amethyst found in other countries. They form in hollow, crystal-lined geodes so large you can stand in them.
Zambia’s Kariba mine in Africa is one of the largest producers in the world. Amethyst mined there tends to be of high quality with richly saturated colours.
Choosing a Metal for Your Amethyst Jewellery
Amethyst is a durable stone which can be set in any metal depending on what you’d like to draw out of the stone.
- White metals, such as sterling silver or white gold, magnify the cool blue in the stone.
- Yellow metals, such as gold, enhance the richness of the purple
This is a decision you can make based on the undertone of your skin and on the jewellery colour you enjoy wearing. We love mixing metals and have amethyst jewellery available in both silver and gold.
Amethyst Jewellery Examples
We have several amethyst jewellery pieces at Anna Rosholt Jewellery including hoop earring charms, huggie earrings, and pendants and we can customise existing jewels to include amethyst.
Caring for & Cleaning Amethyst Jewellery
Care for your amethyst jewellery by storing it in a fabric-lined box or pouch to prevent scratching. Remove your jewellery for physical activities, especially for swimming in chlorine pools. Clean it regularly with the instructions below or read our full jewellery cleaning guide.
How to Clean Amethyst Jewellery
- Start by rinsing your jewellery in warm running water.
- Soak the jewellery for 15-20 minutes in a bowl of warm water and a couple of drops of mild soap.
- Gently scrub the amethyst jewellery using a soft toothbrush. Be particularly gentle when scrubbing the prongs on the setting.
- Rinse well and polish dry with a soft cloth
Gifting Amethysts: Birthstone and Anniversary Gift
Amethyst is the February birthstone and makes a special gift for any Aquarian. But did you know that it is traditionally given for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries as well?
If you’re looking for an amethyst jewel to mark one of these special anniversaries or a February birth, our customs team can walk you through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind amethyst jewellery piece. Learn more about custom amethyst jewellery.
Anna’s Amethyst Signet Ring
Having a baby, especially your first one, is such a big moment in your life and marking the occasion with a special signet ring was important to Anna.
The stones on Anna’s ring are small white diamonds and a regal amethyst – Archie’s birthstone. This stone selection was easy because it creates a tangible connection to the occasion that the ring celebrates. Now, whenever Anna looks at her hand, she’s reminded of her son and the life that she and her husband, Andrew, hope to give him.
Amethyst jewellery, with its rich history and richer colour, has won a special place in the hearts of many. Whether it’s worn as a symbol of peacefulness or to mark a loved one’s birth, the amethyst makes a colourful addition to any jewellery ensemble.