Amethyst, the birthstone for February and the anniversary stone for the sixth year of marriage, has long been prized for its captivating violet color, ranging from lavender to deep purple. A member of the quartz family, Amethyst is both beautiful and durable, making it popular and suitable for jewelry. Relatively abundant, Amethyst is found all over the world, making it an affordable gemstone for many.
The name “Amethyst” comes from the Greek word, “amethystos,” which means, “not drunk.” For centuries, Amethysts were worn by ancient civilizations for protection from intoxication and seduction. In the middle ages, amethyst was a popular wedding gift as it was believed to bless the couple with happiness and good fortune. European soldiers wore Amethyst amulets in battle, believing they offered protection and healing. And throughout history, both royalty and religious leaders treasured Amethyst for its beauty and value.
Amethyst owes its color to the presence of trace minerals and iron impurities, coupled with exposure to radiation. Because of its stratified crystal structure, some varieties of Amethyst can be not just solid in color, but banded purple and white, giving it a variegated appearance. Jewel of Havana carries necklaces and rings in Amethyst, that will make a stunning gift or a welcome addition to any jewelry collection.
Amethyst changes color when exposed to extreme heat, and its color can fade with prolonged exposure to intense light. So, care must be taken not to steam clean amethyst, or to sunbathe while wearing it. Amethyst can be safely cleaned with warm, soapy water.
Amethyst is said to promote peace, happiness and contentment. There’s a reason St. Valentine always wore it. Whether you choose a ring, earrings, or necklace, wearing Amethyst is bound to bring pleasure to you and those you encounter.
Ana Maria Andricain
Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!