Birthstones are a huge trend in fine jewellery right now, and for those lucky enough to be born in February, the amethyst is the gem of the month. Associated with both love and power, it takes its name from the Ancient Greek word methustos, which translates as ‘intoxicated’, and comes in a spectrum of colours from light green to, more commonly, vivid purple that makes a gorgeous addition to any jewellery box.
Originally known as the Royal Stone thanks to its majestic colour, the amethyst holds pride of place in royal collections around the world, from Egypt to Britain, with the Duchess of Cornwall frequently spotted in an amethyst and pearl necklace that was given as a wedding present to the Queen Mother.
Now, this spectacular stone is finding its way back into high-end jewels with a vengeance, with fine jewellery designers valuing it for its size, vibrant colour and ability to be cut into large geometric shapes to suit bold, brave designs. What’s more amethyst, or purple quartz, is a relatively hard stone and ranks a respectable 7 on the Mohs scale, following diamond in the top slot at 10, sapphire and ruby at 9, and topaz at 8.
All you really need to know though, is how beautiful it looks among your favourite fine jewellery houses’ collections.
From stunning Tiffany & Co. brooches and Nina Runsdorf’s textured ring to an eye-catching pair of amethyst Aquae Jewels earrings and Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, see MOJEH’s edit of the best amethyst jewellery to shop now.
- Words by Naomi Chadderton