The birthstone for people born in February, the amethyst is transparent quartz that is sought for its healing properties and deep purple color. The name amethyst can be traced to the Greek word 'amethystos' that means 'not drunken'. Amethyst jewelry is popular for its exquisite craftsmanship and comparatively affordable price. You can pick up amethyst jewelry items in classic antique and chic, modern jewelry styles.
Amethysts come in attractive shades, from pale lilac to deep mauve and blackish purple. While the paler shades are referred to as Rose de France, the darker purple color is called Siberian. Amethyst turns yellow when exposed to heat. Amethysts in dark purple hues are more expensive. Amethysts are relatively cheaper than many other gemstones on account of bountiful availability.
Historically meant to indicate sobreity and seriousness, Amethyst is said to inspire qualities of sincerity, fairness, justice, duty and devotion. This gemstone is believed to possess healing properties, to purify blood, soothe the mind and balance the spirit.
On account of its royal purple hue, amethysts have been used with gold jewelry for ages. Amethyst jewelry was popular with monarchs and monasteries alike. From early Egyptian to Victorian times, amethyst jewelry in the form of necklaces, rings and pendants was highly preferred.
It was an important ornamentation for Catholic churches in the Middle Ages. Often high-ranking members of the Catholic Church wore amethyst rings. As legend has it, amethyst jewelry was worn by women in Rome to keep their husbands' attention. Amethyst jewelry found considerable favor with British royalty as is seen from the use of amethyst in the Crown jewels. Tibetan rosaries were made with amethysts.
Amethyst can be used to in attractive pendants, necklaces, rings, ear studs and bracelets. Amethyst stones are usually set in gold and silver jewelry. Amethyst jewelry can be combined with pearls, Swarovski crystals or zircons. Amethyst earrings can be worn frequently since the gemstone is fairly durable. Combine amethyst with emeralds or pearls for stunning jewelry styles.
The combination of brilliant purple amethyst and diamond jewelry is truly breathtaking. Be it a large diamond stud set off with tiny purple amethysts or large purple amethyst with delicate gold handcrafted pattern, it is sure to fascinate you. Amethyst beads either in smooth, glossy finish or rough unpolished form can make for attractive necklaces.
Amethyst jewelry care
If worn regularly, amethyst earrings and rings tend to lose their brilliance due to a layer of oil and dirt. It is essential to clean amethyst jewelry carefully so as to protect its luster. Amethyst jewelry can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Use a soft cloth to wipe it dry. Do not wear amethyst jewelry while exercising, swimming or doing housework. Amethyst jewelry must not be subjected to extremes of temperature or vibration.