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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.
Large Amethyst Diamond Cocktail Ring Vintage 18 Karat Gold Estate Fine Jewelry
Antique Cartier Brooch, a
Gorgeous Georgian Antique Diamond and Amethyst Ring.

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.

Semiprecious stone Amethyst Ruby Lane Blog

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.

Superb Georgian Ring Amethyst Cupid Cameo Diamond Gold Ring Antique Cameo Ring Victorian Cameo Diamond Gold Ring Putto Angel Christ Child
Antique Georgian 14K Gold Amethyst Complete 6-Pieces Parure Suit Necklace Bracelet Earrings Brooch Set
Georgian Ring Georgian Jewelry Antique Signet Ring Pre Victorian Ring Amethyst Men's Intaglio Ring Intaglio Jewelry 18th Century Fine Seal Ring Unisex Antique Merchants Family Crest Handmade 14K Gold Ring

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.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway via Wikipedia Commons

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway via Wikipedia Commons

Part of a Suite of Kunzite, amethyst and diamond jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, from Elizabeth Taylor's estate, is shown in this photograph at Christie's, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Part of a Suite of Kunzite, amethyst and diamond jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, from Elizabeth Taylor’s estate, is shown in this photograph at Christie’s, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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 – the Duchess of Windsor’s Necklace Via GIA and Courtesy of N. Welsh, Cartier Collection

Amethyst – the Duchess of Windsor’s Necklace Via GIA and Courtesy of N. Welsh, Cartier Collection

Amethyst is very popular today in jewelry. Its hardness on the Mohs’ scale is 7. Its luster is glassy to vitreous and the darkest specimens are often the favorite. No matter where they were mined, stones in this color range are referred to in the jewelry trade as Siberian Amethyst.

Victorian Double Heart Amethyst Citrine Rose Cut Diamond Bow Crown Brooch
Diamond, in the rough. 18k Amethyst Diamond Ring
Stunning Antique Victorian Filigree Amethyst &FW Seed Pearl Necklace
Victorian Huge Amethyst 830 Silver Riviera Necklace 160 Carats
Antique Amethyst and Diamond Bow and Drop Necklace

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.

Superb museum quality rare large antique brooch in 18K solid gold, natural amethysts and pearls, fully stamped
Sterling Silver, Ruby, Garnet, Amethyst, Topaz, Peridot, Citrine, and Tsavorite Green Garnet 19.75 inch Necklace weighing 78.4 grams
Vintage Russian Amethyst 14K Rose Gold Drop Necklace

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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