Perhaps we tend to take amethysts for granted. Today, it is not considered one of the top precious stones, so we forget to give antique amethyst jewelry the respect it deserves.
In fact, before the diamond became the number 1 valuable gem, it was amethysts that were regarded by many as the most desirable stone.
February's birthstone is the Amethyst. There are many powers attributed by various cultures to amethysts.
Amethysts have a long history from ancient days to modern, with many powers attributed to them: They keep you sober, help you sleep and relieve headaches when rubbed on your forehead. Breathing problems are helped by clusters of amethyst placed in the home to clean the air and strengthen the life force around you. It is said that the purple gem can help you overcome fears and cravings. Place the gem in a sunny window and chase negativity away.
While all amethysts have a purplish hue, they range from the pale Scottish pebbles to the majestic Siberian gems which are regal and luxurious. These Russian amethysts are way more valuable than their paler counterparts and are highly sought after by jewelry connoisseurs. Once you have seen a Siberian amethyst, you are not likely to forget the deep purple, flashing color.
Amethysts have the additional advantage of matching most complexions and showing them off to advantage. Whether you buy an 'affordable' jewel or a deeply impressive one, if it's an amethyst, you are sure to win many a compliment from this appealing and enhancing jewel.
Antique amethyst jewelry comes in many forms. Amethysts were the center stones for many a regal parure. Surrounded and offset by diamonds, they flashed on many a royal chest and ear. Since purple was considered the color of royalty, amethysts are deeply imbedded in our subconscious minds as emblematic of luxury and wealth.
On the other hand, you may find amethysts offset by other colored stones or matching gems in a tiny Victorian ring or pair of earrings that is affordable to most people. Amethysts were sometimes carved into beautiful cameos. These are very rare. The combination of amethysts and pearls is very popular and guaranteed to draw many a compliment when you wear it.
Look for brightly colored stones in settings that appeal to you. If the amethysts are fairly large, ensure that there are no serious flaws in the stones to detract from their beauty. Most importantly, as always, buy what you love.
Remember, these wonderful jewels will go from you to your grand-daughters and their children’s children. It is your responsibility to look after them for now.