by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
Amethyst is the February birthstone, but whether you were born in February or not, an amethyst engagement ring is romantic and full of beautiful symbolism. It is associated with calmness, spiritual clarity, royalty and even staying sober. This guide will explain how to pick an amethyst engagement ring, what amethysts are, and what they mean in different cultural contexts.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is Amethyst?
Amethysts are a form of quartz, just like citrine, rose quartz, agate, and chalcedony. Quartz is a form of silicon dioxide (SiO2). Pure silicon dioxide is colorless (rock crystal) but silicon dioxide plus iron gives amethyst its beautiful purple coloring.
Amethysts range in color from a rich deep purple to a very pale pink. The shade of purple can range from the lightest lilac to deep, rich purple, and may also have blue or reddish undertones in the color resulting from other trace elements in the crystal. Deeper colors with reddish tones are the rarest and most highly valued, but all shades of amethyst have their own distinctive beauty.
Amethyst has a Mohs hardness score of 7, which means it’s slightly harder to scratch than a steel nail. This hardness makes amethyst an excellent choice for an engagement ring and explains why so much vintage amethyst jewelry looks as good as the day it was made.
Amethysts come from Siberia, Madagascar, India, Bolivia, Zambia, and Brazil, but you can find amethyst in any continent. Some of the most beautiful amethyst stones come from Siberia, but over the years, the term “Siberian amethyst” came to mean a rich purple with red and blue flashes, rather than necessarily being from Siberia.
Benefits of an Amethyst Ring
• Amethysts are beautiful and affordable.
• Amethysts are durable, so they resist damage. Feel free to you wear your amethyst ring for everything except the roughest tasks, hobbies, or sports, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which might fade it.
• You can find amethyst engagement rings in a variety of cuts, settings, and colors to suit any taste.
• Vintage amethyst rings, like all vintage jewelry, are a sustainable choice.
The name amethyst (“not drunk”) comes from the ancient Greek idea that if you hold an amethyst in your mouth, you can drink without getting drunk. (Or that you’re so busy concentrating on not swallowing the stone, you don’t drink as much.) In Renaissance times, Remy Belleau, a French poet, made up a now-popular legend. Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, was having a bad day and swore that he would have his lions devour the next human he saw. This turned out to be a beautiful girl named Amethyst who was going to Diana’s temple to worship. Diana intervened by turning her into a clear crystal stone, and Bacchus repented and poured his wine over the stone, turning it a rich purple. The myth might have originated from amethyst and rock crystals often being found together.
• Spiritual Symbolism
Many cultures associate amethyst with the heart and passion. In many European cultures, amethyst is a royal color, and the phrase “born to the purple” comes from this symbolism. Mystically, amethyst is said to bring calm and spiritual clarity and can help people who are mourning. It works on the third eye and crown chakras. Spiritualists also associate it with mystery and the unknown.
• History Symbolism
In Jewish traditions, amethyst was one of the stones on the high priest’s breastplate. The Hebrew name for the stone, aḥlamah, may derive from the word for “dreams.” According to Christian legends, St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring with an emblem of Cupid, the god of lovers, to signal that he would help couples marry, even over the opposition of the authorities. The color purple is also associated with Christ’s blood.
• Era Symbolism
Some vintage amethyst rings from the Victorian and Edwardian ages have a hidden message. If you see antique amethyst jewelry that features peridots (or other green stones), a pearl or white enamel, and amethysts, the combination of green, white, and violet might stand for Give Women the Vote. Women could discreetly show their support of women’s suffrage with their jewelry, even under the noses of anti-suffrage men.
What to Look For in an Amethyst Ring:
If your considering an amethyst for your engagement ring, here are a few helpful hints before purchasing an amethyst ring.
Most amethysts on the market are eye-clean, that is, they don’t have visible flaws. They are distinctively purple, with red and blue flashes. There are also beautiful pink, dark pink, and pale purple amethysts, if you prefer a lighter color. Rose de France is one of the most popular lighter shades, a delicate light lilac.
Amethyst looks good in any color of metal, and you can find amethyst engagement rings in yellow gold, white gold, platinum, and sterling silver. You can get vintage amethyst jewelry with diamonds, pearls, or other accent stones. Round cuts are the most common, but you can find emerald-cut, oval, or other distinctive cuts.
An amethyst engagement ring is a beautiful, romantic, and yet practical choice. Find the right amethyst ring for you today!
Amethyst Rings For Everyone:
No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!
Find The Perfect Vintage Engagement Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of amethyst engagement rings today!