Birthstone of the Month; Amethyst
Amethyst is a wonderful stone as it is so versatile; you see it used as a piece of rough gemstone set in jewellery through to fully carved intricate pieces. It covers the spectrum of purples from delicate lilac colours right to the other end of regal aubergine. If you were born in the month of February then Amethyst is you birthstone. People tend to think of Amethyst as a common stone, which it is in comparison to other gems but when you find pure, translucent stones with the richest regal purple tones it can make truly captivating fine jewellery. In particular, when making our modern heirlooms, we like to team this stone with yellow gold to bring out the warm tones in both materials, take our Wedge Ring, the vibrant hues are really glowing against the yellow. Here is a little more about the stone we love.
The story of amethyst supposedly dates back to Roman Mythology with this tale; ‘The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.’ Reference to crystalvaults.com
Did You Know?
- It was also favoured by the Egyptians who were known to carve intaglios into the stone.
- Tibetans hold the stone as sacred to the Buddha and carve prayer beads from the stone
- It is part of the quartz family which provides the jewellery world with a vast array of colours. Amethyst represents the purple. Quartz deposits can be found globally but with vast mines in Brazil. Before the mines of Brazil were found the price of amethyst was comparable to ruby. Now that Amethyst can be found in abundance this rich gemstone is much more affordable.
- Amethyst deposits can be found predominantly in Brazil but also Austria, Russia, Arizona and Texas in the USA to name a couple. It can also be found in parts of Nova Scotia, Canada.
- It is claimed that St Valentine wore an Amethyst ring carved with the image of cupid.
- Amethyst is thought to bring clarity to the mind, it has a soothing effect to calm you and stay focused. It is a talisman for focus and achievement, it counteracts negative energy.
Whatever your style, amethyst can represent it. We like to think that a stone will captivate you, whatever entices you be it a characterful stone with rustic imperfections or a mesmerising fine gem, a bespoke piece can be made using the gem you love.