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All About Amethysts: Five Facts about February’s Birthstone

a table topped with lots of purple jewelry

If you’re looking for a piece of statement jewelry that is bold, luxurious and conveys an air of confidence, you can’t go wrong with the purple-hued amethyst.  A variety of quartz that comes in shades ranging from light lilac and lavender to a deep, rich violet, the amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones in jewelry today and the designated birthstone for February.

At Sindur Fine & Antique Jewelry, we are especially fond of amethysts, which pair wonderfully with both gold and silver-toned jewelry and look perfectly at home in modern, classic and antique settings alike (and yes, you can find plenty of amethysts on our website!).  And like so many other precious gems, they have plenty of history and unique properties. Here are some of our favorite facts about February’s birthstone.

#1: Greek roots

In Ancient Greece, the amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness; in fact, the name “amethyst” comes from the Greek amethystos, meaning “not intoxicated.” Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that amethyst jewelry will protect you from a hangover, but we can say with confidence that a sparkly amethyst ring will look perfect on your hand as you sip a glass of wine.

#2. Favored by royals

One of the most famous pieces of amethyst jewelry is the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara, which is currently in the possession of the Swedish royal family.  This sparkler was originally a luxe necklace featuring sixteen large amethysts, believed to be owned by Napolean Bonaparte’s first wife; the necklace was transformed into its current state in 1976.  

#3: Beautiful and durable

The amethyst ranks at a 7 on the Mohs scale, which measures the hardness and durability of precious gemstones. While not at the level of a diamond, which has a Mohs ranking of 10, the amethyst is suitably durable for all types of jewelry and everyday wear.

#4: Not just jewelry

While you can easily find the amethyst in earrings, necklaces, brooches and rings, don’t think this stone is only relegated to being used in jewelry.  Amethysts can be carved into ornamental statues and decorations, incorporated into furniture, and even capture attention in geode form.

#5:  Unique combinations

In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine can both occur in the same crystal. The striking gems, called ametrine, will appear with distinct purple and yellow zones that look especially gorgeous when fashioned into an emerald cut.

Interested in adding the luxurious amethyst to your own collection? We can help! Check out our current selection or get in touch to discuss a custom piece.