Many people enjoy wearing gems and amethysts are among the most beautiful gemstones. We love them year-round and but especially love them right now for the month of February. They are said to symbolize sincerity. Amethysts are crystals of quartz, and when the quartz is lavender or purple, the gemstone is known as an amethyst.
In the ancient world, gems were said to possess powers to protect and heal the owner. The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word ἀμέθυστος, meaning “not drunken,” referring to a belief that the amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness. Ancient wine goblets were sometimes made of the gem.
Gems beautify all styles of jewelry, old and new. Gems arranged and set in silver and gold are works of art. Many people delight in antique and vintage jewelry. Amethysts were worn during the Renaissance. Georgian jewelers often worked with amethysts, which reflected the 18th-century love of delicacy and symmetry. Poets have long made popular the amethyst and have enhanced the gem’s romance. Amethysts are said to represent peace and contentment in old age.
In the comedy the Clandestine Marriage (1766), a rich bride declares: “I have a bouquet to come home tomorrow, made up of diamonds and rubies, and emeralds and topazes, and amethysts – jewels of all colors, green, red, blue, yellow, intermix – the prettiest thing you ever saw in your life.”
Purple is the color of royalty, and many amethysts are included in the collections of the British crown jewels. Some amethysts are the deep purple color of wine.
Amethyst has been the stuff of lore and legend for hundreds of years. Ecclesiastical jewelry worn by Bishops often contained Amethyst, as it was said to ensure sobriety. Ancient Amethysts are known that have engraved images of Bacchus, the god of wine and revelry. Amethyst is used in “grape” clusters on beautiful gold jewelry. Some feel Amethyst has an aura that emits protective vibrations.
A person who is looking for a versatile gem in every price range can find their perfect piece on Ruby Lane. Are you looking for a special gift? Ruby Lane has the answer. Our online shops offer an inspiring selection of amethysts that include rings, brooches, pins, chains and pendants, earrings, bracelets, and matching sets in styles from early Victorian to modern.
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