From pale lilac to rich deep purple, February’s birthstone is associated with balance, sincerity, inner strength and a calm disposition. It’s thought by some that wearing your birthstone can be good luck for the bearer and also offer protection. Some simply choose this stunning gem for its colour. Purple is traditionally a symbol of wealth, power and even royalty. This is due to, historically, the dyes used being particularly expensive, so that only the affluent could afford it.
The Amethyst is not only beautiful, but is said to have tremendous healing properties which can help with symptoms of arthritis, insomnia, headaches and so on.
The name is derived from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which means ‘intoxicate’. The Greeks believed that wearing Amethyst or drinking from vessels made from it would prevent them from getting drunk!
Amethyst is also traditionally the gem given to celebrate a sixth wedding anniversary. Wear it to commemorate your nuptials and you will be in royal company: Catherine the Great had a penchant for the gem and regularly adorned herself in amethyst necklaces, earrings and other ornaments. The Duchess of Windsor (1896-198) made a memorable statement when she wore this lavish Cartier designed amethyst bib necklace to a gala in Versailles in 1953.
Below you can see Camilla’s stunning heart necklace and earrings. Although the origin of Camilla’s earrings isn’t known, the amethyst heart necklace was a wedding present from Queen Alexandra to the Queen Mother, and appears to have been gifted to Camilla by the Queen at some point.
If you would like to create your own bespoke Amethyst piece of jewellery please contact us and one of our gemstone specialists will be in touch.