At Showcase Jewellers, we’re all about spreading the love for quality jewellery, as well as giving a little insight into what’s behind your favourite pieces. Whether its a simple silver bangle or a gem encrusted cocktail ring, every treasure will have years of history behind it, and we’re here to help you find out more. 

So let’s keep it simple with the ABCs of jewellery.

A is for… Amethyst 

The amethyst is a quartz gem that comes in a range of purple shades, from palest lavender to stronger, almost mauve renditions. The birthstone for February, the amethyst is also renowned for its soothing and calming properties.

In addition, the Ancient Greeks believed that the amethyst had mysterious powers that would protect the wearer against the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the god of wine.

As reported by the International Colored Gemstone Association, it is a fable that quite possibly acts as the gem’s namesake – with the Greek wordamethystos‘ translating to ‘not intoxicated’. 

According to the American Gem Society (AGS), the amethyst’s alluring, mystical hue has played a role in many cultures and legends. It was also used as embellishment on English regalia, echoing purple as a royal colour. 

“Historically, the finest amethysts were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewellery,”  says the AGS. “Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine materials can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.”

If you’re fond of the beautiful amethyst gem, you can integrate it into your look with the stunning natural amethyst and diamond pendant.

Famous friends 

A fair few famous names appear to have had an affinity for the gem, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who wrote that it “quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts”, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 

Furthermore, the GIA notes that Saint Valentine, patron of the celebration in February of the same name was also said to have worn an amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid. 

While the price of amethysts decreased with the discovery of large Brazilian deposits, the GIA reports that it remains the world’s most valued quartz. All the more reason to treat you or your loved one to a set of amethyst earrings.