Prized for centuries for its beauty, amethyst is part of the quartz family and ranges in color from the palest lilac to the deepest midnight purple. Used in European jewelry for over 5,000 years, this royal purple gem was, at one point, as valued as sapphire, ruby and emeralds. Amethyst is the birthstone of February, and is traditionally given on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
A parcel of African Amethyst. This is one of our favorite gemstones to set into our vintage and estate mountings. To shop our collection of Amethyst jewelry, click here.
This retro era Amethyst cocktail ring from the early 1950s is hanging out during a winter snow storm!
Amethyst’s ideal color is called “Deep Siberian” and has a primary purple hue, with secondary flashes of blue and red. While amethyst is a common stone and found in many locations throughout the world, the best amethysts are found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Brazil. Most of the faceted amethyst in the market is eye-clean, meaning it lacks visible inclusions. When sourcing our stones, we seek evenly saturated, deeply colored stones with intense flash and shine to set into our collection of fine gold and sterling silver vintage mountings.
Above is a photo of one of our finest Zambian Amethysts set in a retro rose gold mounting. This rich, deep purple color is what we are on the hunt for. Finding these gemstones in this size range is getting more and more rare!
A gorgeous men’s vintage amethyst ring set in an antique yellow gold mounting from the 1910s. Unfortunately this beauty has sold, but the picture is worth ogling at! Click here to view all our amethyst jewelry.
Above is the Zelda Ring from the Elizabeth Henry Collection. Beautifully reproduced filigree work in perfect condition, set with an incredible Zambian Amethyst.
Legend has it that if you drink from an amethyst goblet, you will be able to drink the entire evening without feeling the affects of the alcohol. Amethyst is also believed to guard against addiction and used for centuries to cure hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain. Sources attribute amethyst to balance mental disorders and to bring peace, courage and protection to the wearer. It is also used as a warning stone and grows pale if physical or mental sickness or danger is approaching.
I’m obsessed with the detail work of this mounting! AND, the amethyst against the rich color of the yellow gold is just perfect. To view this ring, click here.
From left to ring, here are some of our favorite amethyst rings up for sale in our shop now:
We’ve picked a few of our favorites, but browse our website for Amethyst jewelry that matches your style. Or, visit our brick and mortar shops in Portsmouth, NH, Dover, NH, Newburyport MA, or Portland ME.