Amethyst has been used for centuries by a variety of cultures. Some of the oldest amethyst jewelry dates back to as early as 2000 BC. Legends and myths abound.
In Greek, amethyst means “not drunken.” Ancient Greeks and Romans believed this gemstone could ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. They would even add these crystals to their wine goblets in an attempt to keep from getting drunk.
Catholic bishops felt that amethyst could prevent people from getting “drunk” on religious power, and instead kept them more grounded. The Book of the Dead encouraged Egyptians to turn amethysts into heart-shaped amulets for burial.
Amethyst’s mythical properties are vast. People have believed that amethyst could control evil thoughts, make you smarter, protect you from witchcraft and black magic, help soldiers win battles, improve focus, and create a sense of peace and calm.
These legends make it a good gemstone for those in the creative arts to help foster new, unique ideas. Some who meditate with amethyst feel it relieves stress and anxiety, while encouraging communication and intuition.
There’s something about birthstones that creates fascination, whether the focus is on their history and lore, or the emotional connection an individual may have with their birth month’s gem(s). In fact, the most searched topic on the American Gem Society website is “birthstones.”
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, in collaboration with the American Gem Society, has created a handy, go-to guide for birthstones. The guide features interesting facts about each birthstone and how to care for them. Click here to learn more!
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare
Now that spring has arrived, we look forward to the signs of renewal. From fastidiously cleaning our homes and joyously changing out our wardrobe to reconnecting with family and friends for a spring holiday or wedding. It’s easy to love this time of year!
Even our jewelry is complementing the seasonal spectrums, with soft pastels and bright, happy colors. Here are some spring-inspired styles from a few of our American Gem Society (AGS) members.
Light purple amethyst and white diamond ring, by Estenza.
Bracelet from the “Amazon Breeze” collection, Doves by Doron Paloma.
Vine drop earrings with peridot and diamonds, by NEI Group.
Bluebonnet pendant with sapphires, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets, by Kirk Root Designs.
Mint garnet and diamond pendant, by Parlé.
“Sonoma Skies” chain bracelet featuring amethyst, by Tacori.
Pink sapphire and diamond studs, by Omi Privé.
Le Vian ring featuring 14K Strawberry Gold® Papaya Morganite™, Peach Morganite™, Sea Blue Aquamarine®, and Nude Diamonds™.
We’ve all got that extra spring in our step thanks to the warmer weather and the chance to don the colors of the season in our homes, wardrobe, and fine jewelry! Search for an AGS-credentialed jeweler near you and they’ll help you find the perfect piece for any springtime occasion.
February is here: the month of love, and a much-loved birthstone, amethyst. Amethyst is purple quartz that exhibits a beautiful blend of violet and red that can be found in every corner of the earth. Recently, Pantone has placed amethyst (and other purple-hued gemstones) in the spotlight by naming UltraViolet the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year.
It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. How apropos!
While amethyst is most commonly recognized to be a purple color, the gemstone can actually range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple that can read more blue or red, depending on the light. Sometimes, amethyst exhibits a growth anomaly called zoning, which appears as bands of color that range from lighter to darker, or even colorless.
All the science and stories behind the amethyst can be fascinating, but many wearers have simply fallen in love with its rich and peaceful purple hues. Below are a few designs by AGS members that display amethyst in all its purple majesty!
Amethyst and diamond heart necklace, by Gabriel & Co.
Amethyst and diamond earrings, by Breuning.
Amethyst and diamond accent stack ring, by Carelle.
Amethyst earrings set in silver with a black finish, by Dilamani.
Crescent Bezel Ring featuring amethyst, by Tacori.
Cushion cut amethyst pendant, by Azul Fine Jewelry.
You don’t have to be born in February or celebrating a sixth wedding anniversary to feel some amoré for amethyst. Ask an AGS-credentialed jeweler near you to help pair you with the perfect purple piece of your own!