Amethyst Throughout History
This purple pleochroic stone, meaning many colours can be seen when light passes through it, is steeped in mysticism. Amethyst truly is an ancient stone with jewellery pieces dating back to 2000BC. Originating from the Greek ‘amethustos’ meaning without inebriation, drinking cups would be carved from amethyst so that whilst entertaining wealthy hosts could remain sober, drinking only water, as the glass would give the impression of wine. Throughout the ages amethyst has been thought of as a sobering stone.
A symbol of royalty, piety and calm, a large stone is a feature of the British crown jewels and it is also said that St Valentine even wore a gold amethyst ring. Leonardo Da Vinci has also been famously quoted in his admiration of the stone:
Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence.
Amethyst is celebrated as the symbolic gemstone for seventeenth wedding anniversaries, the birthstone for February and the astrological sign Pisces in the zodiac calendar. Famous Feb celebs include Harry Styles, Rihanna, Farrah Fawcet and Elizabeth Taylor to name a few. It seems that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate February in style with an abundance of celebrities following this enigmatic gemstone.
How to Wear Amethyst
Amethyst’s purple colours will work well with a variety of metals and gemstone types. We are loving the girly-with-a-dark-edge combination of amethyst and pink sapphire at the moment. Simple designs lend themselves to layered pendants and stacked rings. Try Gemondo’s mix of amethyst and pink sapphire styles set in sterling silver.
Amethyst also sparkles in unusual faceted cuts and statement designs. Take inspiration from Katy Perry’s 2014 Grammys ensemble and opt for drop earrings with bold amethyst gems.
The Pantone colour of the year for 2014 has been aptly named ‘Radiant Orchid’ and is a mystifying and seductive range of purple, richly saturated in amethyst tones. No doubt you will see a lot more of this shade in the coming months.