This week we are celebrating the amethyst, the birthstone of February. The ancient Greeks believed that amethysts were dyed purple by the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. Amethyst also has a rich history in the Catholic church as papal rings were amethyst because purple was the royal color that symbolized Christ. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethustos” which actually means “sober”, and the stone was thought to prevent people from being drunk by instilling a serious mind. Aren’t amethysts fun?!
First on our list are these delightful Art Nouveau dangle earrings with their swirly gold ribbons holding amethyst and pearl. Farther below those gorgeous ribbons (and Lake Ontario) are some amazing briolette cut amethysts dangling with a single cut diamond. These have an air of ornate history and the briolette cut was once reserved for royalty, so these should make you feel important!
This amethyst cocktail ring has so many design features of Victorian jewelry. The bezel set diamond inside of the amethyst is a creative look to incorporate even more contrast. The ornate basket of this ring truly has a look of importance.
There is a strong tradition in Victorian jewelry of using snakes. As a symbol of eternal love, their look lends itself to gorgeous designs and engravings. This ring with the two snakes circling the round amethyst is a statement piece if there ever was one.
Now we’re gonna pivot from some intricate and historic pieces to a stunning cushion cut amethyst in a simple setting. Prong set on the corners and finished in yellow gold this ring is all about the 23 carat amethyst. I mean just look at it.
This Art Nouveau necklace is just so dreamy to stare at! The shape of the centerpiece is so angelic with dainty golden wires overlapping and adorned with seed pearls, demantoid garnet, and a gorgeous amethyst. The green garnet with the purple amethyst is a mark of suffragette jewelry as well.
This Art Deco cocktail ring has a very sharp look to it. The amethyst is a striking 24 carats and has an amazing deep purple color. The bars of onyx separating the diamonds on the long side of the emerald cut give the ring an even more serious look. This is a statement piece to give off a strong energy!
If the last ring with its large emerald cut amethyst caught your eye, but you thought you wanted something with a little more handmade feel, this is ring is perfect. Three different types of gold make a beautiful and intricate setting with incredible filigree work on the shoulders.
Completed with peridot, diamond, and amethyst this ring is full of so many lovely colors and textures. Made in the mid-century but in the style of suffragette jewelry, this ring also boasts a fantastic bark-like texture on the band.
This charming Art Deco ring has such an amazing 19 carat amethyst. Set with wide double prongs and adorned with diamonds on the shoulders, this is a fantastic cocktail ring with a dreamy light purple look to the cushion cut stone.