At one time, amethyst jewelry was worn only by royalty; fortunately that’s far from the case today! Now the birthstone for the month of February, amethyst is a beautiful and accessible pick for everything from stud earrings to engagement rings! And, while this purple gemstone is a perpetually popular pick, it’s especially on trend at present.
The color purple has long been associated with the ruling class due to the fact that the dye that was once used to produce violet cloth was incredibly expensive and could only be afforded by royalty. Thus, the amethyst was reserved for those in power, and throughout history it has been admired by many monarchs, including the Russian empress Catherine the Great.
Given its connection with royalty, it’s not surprising that amethyst is the most precious stone in the quartz family. It’s closely related to gems such as citrine and smokey quartz, though its rich violet hue (due to the presence of iron) puts it in a category all its own.
The Vintage Style Amethyst and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold is fit for a queen thanks to its lavish motif created with 64 dazzling diamonds and a single 5mm round amethyst. Delicate beaded designs frame these dozens of colorless stones as they form sparkling arcs and lines and surround the violet center gem with show-stopping style.
Since amethyst is relatively abundant in nature, the stones that are selected for use in jewelry are free of flaws or inclusions. Amethyst rings with simple styles such as the Modern Solitaire Amethyst Ring in 14K White Gold allow the stunning natural beauty of this gem to take center stage. This subtle twist on the timeless solitaire features a 6.5mm round amethyst that’s held by a contemporary setting of four pairs of prongs. The sleek polished white gold band provides an elegant foundation that allows the uncomplicated yet sophisticated beauty of the amethyst to steal the show.
Since the amethyst is associated with royalty, it’s an especially lovely pick when you’ll like to tell that special lady in your life that she rules your heart. And, although it’s not exactly a conventional pick when popping the question, it’s an excellent option. Amethyst engagement rings are the perfect way to ask your one special someone to be your queen for life and the Art Deco Diamond and Amethyst Ring in 14K White Gold is one style that’s more than able to sweep her off her feet. Inspired by the 1920s, this design displays a 7mm cushion-cut amethyst that rises above a meticulously-crafted band with beaded edges. Eight channel-set diamonds accent the band as they point the way to the violet center stone.
This year, the amethyst is a particularly stylish option as it bears a strong resemblance to Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid, a hue that Pantone calls a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” A Pantone press release described this color as “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones … a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” The amethyst adds sparkle to this captivating color, drawing eyes to its vibrant, on-trend hue.
The 5 Carat Emerald-Cut Amethyst and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold provides a particularly head-turning way to wear the color of the year thanks to the stunning 11mm-high violet gems that serves as its star. This striking stone is flanked by two 0.15 carat baguette-cut diamonds, creating a look that exudes glamour.
If you’re on a budget, amethyst can be a good option: as a semiprecious gemstone it offers both rich color and a price tag that’s relatively affordable. This is especially true when you choose a piece that’s set in sterling silver, and Apples of Gold’s selection of silver amethyst rings and other silver amethyst jewelry gives you plenty of ways to wear eye-catching purple sparkle on a budget. For example, the Vintage Filigree Amethyst Ring in .925 Sterling Silver is an eye-catching and affordable option as it surrounds a 6mm round amethyst with an airy yet striking setting that’s inspired by times gone by.
Pieces of jewelry that feature the amethyst are especially fitting gifts for those born in February, and amethyst earrings and amethyst pendants are great gift options since one size fits all. The Amethyst Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold are a versatile way to add a pop of violet sparkle to your own look and would make a thoughtful gift for a sister, friend or other special lady. This simple pair proudly displays round amethysts in your choice of three sizes: 6mm (0.85 carats) per ear, 7mm (1.25 carats) per ear or 8mm (2.00 carats) per ear. These gems are held in four-prong basket settings for a look that’s timeless.
The 6mm x 4mm Oval-Cut Amethyst and Diamond Flower Pendant 14K White Gold is another excellent gift option and thanks to its classic styling it will be a gift that’s enjoyed for decades to come. This floral-inspired design surrounds a half-carat oval-shaped amethyst with 10 diamonds that serve as glittering petals as they frame the violet center gem. This timeless pendant hangs from the included 18-inch chain from a gleaming V-shaped bale, so it’s ready to wear the moment it’s unwrapped.
You don’t have to be a member of the ruling class to wear the February birthstone—though you just may feel like royalty when you wear it. Try one of these princess-worthy pieces no matter when your birthday falls.