Royally Ravishing: Amethyst of the Past
February’s birthstone, amethyst, was once as exclusive as ruby (for comparison, some rubies rank among the most expensive gemstones in the world, with record prices over $1,000,000 per carat). Sourced mainly out of Russia until the 19th century, large deposits of the gem were later found in Brazil, paving the road for greater accessibility to the stone reserved for nobility. Today, sources of amethyst are located in Africa and South America.
A treasure trove of amethyst and ametrine crystals line the walls of Bolivia’s historic Anahí mine. Photo: Robert Weldon/GIA
From the ancient Greek word amethystos (literally, “not drunk”), this wine-colored gem was widely esteemed for its perceived ability to ward off intoxication. While we don’t expect Amethyst to cure or prevent a hangover, it remains the most valuable variety of gemstone within the quartz family.
Having a Modern Moment: Amethyst Today
Did you know? Candy and iron are nice, but amethyst is also the traditional gift for a 6th wedding anniversary. Gifting the owner of your heart with this valuable beauty makes perfect sense! For centuries, amethyst has been symbolic of true love and unquenchable passion.
Wallis Simpson, former Duchess of Windsor, was famously decorated in a magnificent statement necklace, designed by Cartier, decked in amethyst, to a gala in Versailles in 1953. So memorable was this bib-style piece that it is still considered one of the designer house’s most iconic creations.
Fashion Forward: Trending Amethyst Designs, by Razny Jewelers
At Razny Jewelers, we offer a beautiful collection of jewelry featuring amethyst, created by the industry’s top artists, and select custom creations from our in-house jewelers. John Hardy, famous for artisan creativity, offers a classic sterling silver chain bracelet with a beautiful amethyst gemstone near the clasp. Sloane Street, one of our newest luxury brands, selected amethyst for their 18k yellow gold drop earrings, for an unforgettable look. Our custom jewelry design team formed one of our favorite cocktail rings using amethyst, 18k rose gold and glistening diamonds. It’s a ring that exudes irresistibility!
Are you looking to add the brilliant amethyst to your collection? Allow our skilled artisans to create for you a custom piece you’ll treasure forever! We’ll bring your vision to life!
We also invite you to browse our rings, cufflinks, and necklaces decorated with February’s beautiful birthstone.