The amethyst, birthstone of February is often called the queen of quartz. In shades that range from plae lavendar to deep purple, amethysts are flattering on virtually everyone. Available in both smooth beads as well as faceted jewels, they look beautiful with silver as well as combined with pearls and gold. In the 1970’s purple was associated with spirituality and was worn with everything from short shorts to mid calf wool coats. Amethysts are particularly versatile, capable of adding warmth to a grey gaberdine pants suit or a delicate color of flowered summer dress and is an unexpected vibrant companion to basic brown.
The name amethyst comes fromm the Greek meaning ” not intoxicated”– a belief that it prevents the wearer from becomng drunk. In collections of antiquities in London and FLorance you can find wine goblets made of amethysts desiged to keep the user sober. ( p.s. it doesn’t work).
Price of amethysts depends on the coloration– pale lavendar ( my fav) is the least expensive while deep purple has the highest price tag. They are found in many regions but the best are mined in Sri Lanka and Siberia.
Amethysts were once regarded as precious as diamonds and rubies. Then people found deposits just about everywhere including the US, Siberia, Brazil, Persi and Africa. While its status has now fallen to the level of semi precious stones as turquoise and garnets, its still as beautiful.
Amethysts are one of those stones that work at any age and any coloring. I love to wear silver and amethyst errings with a grey pants suit, big silver cuff bracelet and a black suede bag. In summer, I wear small pale lavendar earrings with a mid-calf bone linen shift, bone espadrilles and a bone crocheted mini bag. Even if you were not born in Frbruary, amethysts are an affordable accessorry that works for a wide range of looks and occasions.