Amethyst, Birthstones

The Gem in the Spotlight this Month is the Amethyst – February Birthstone

As we journey through the month of February, we highlight the gemstone of the month – the breathtaking Amethyst. Those born in February can wear this lovely, delicate, and elegant gemstone in a variety of ways.

Let’s take a closer look at just what makes Amethyst such a special and beautiful birthstone.

Amethyst 101 – What to Know About this Gemstone

Amethyst is arguably one of the most beautiful gemstones out there thanks to its lovely purple colour. It is mineral quartz that is found in many regions of the world, but the highest quality tends to be in the Far East, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Siberia. The biggest concentrations of amethyst are in Brazil and Uruguay.

What makes amethyst so beautiful is its uniqueness factor. Described as “purple” in colour, it can range from a very light lilac to a rich deep purple. Not only that but the gemstone can vary in intensity from one spot to another.

It terms of its history; it was used by the Greeks who believed it to be an antidote to intoxication which is why they went on to use amethyst in wine goblets. Moving through history it was then used by European medieval soldiers, worn as an amulet that was meant to keep them focused, level-headed, and protect them when they went into battle.

Many also believe that amethyst has soothing, meditative, and calming properties to it.

The Use of Amethyst Today

Today, amethyst is not just the birthstone for those born in February; it’s also a very popular gemstone for anyone to wear. We often have customers who are interested in setting amethyst into a pendant, or diamond earrings. It has become a very popular gemstone, and thanks to its lovely colour, it is also seen as a romantic stone.

Tips for Purchasing Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery

One of the first things you’ll notice about amethyst jewellery is its spectacular colour. When you’re choosing amethyst birthstone gifts, you can select pieces that range from light lavender to deep, lustrous purple.

While deeper coloured gemstones typically signify a higher quality amethyst, it’s the colour saturation that’s particularly important. Look out for amethysts that have an even colour throughout the gemstone.

Despite the durability of amethyst, this gemstone is relatively soft, which enables designers to use ornate or detailed cuts when creating jewellery. When you’re choosing amethyst jewellery, compare cuts to see how the stone reflects the light.

As the February birthstone, amethyst is featured on a wide variety of pieces. From pendants and bracelets to rings, necklaces, and earrings, you’ll find February birthstone jewellery gifts to suit everyone. If you are not sure what style to choose, we’re always happy to help!

Amethyst Rings

A rich purple gemstone, once reserved only for royalty, a ring set with an amethyst could be the ultimate way to celebrate an upcoming special occasion. Again, choose the cut carefully, as this will show off the stone at its best. Popular cuts for amethyst gem include:

  • Cushion cut
  • Solitaire cut
  • Emerald cut
  • Marquise cut

While a single amethyst set against a simple band makes for a spectacular setting, choosing a halo cut allows you to incorporate different gemstones into amethyst jewellery. You might select an amethyst surrounded by diamonds in a halo cut, for example, or add two smaller diamonds alongside the amethyst in a side-stone design. Whatever your choice, our talented designers and craftsman can make the ring of her dreams

Amethyst Jewellery Gift Ideas

Whether you’re looking for a February birthstone gift or you simply want to treat a loved one to a stunning present, an amethyst stone is an excellent choice. Not only does it look sensational, but it will be treasured forever. What’s more – amethyst jewellery is typically fairly affordable, which means you can treat family and friends to incredible gifts.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this 9ct White Gold Pendant with Round Amethyst and the 9ct Yellow Gold Pendant with Oval Amethyst. Both designs feature discreet yet impactful stones that catch the eye.

Alternatively, the 9ct Yellow Gold Amethyst Stud Earring or the 9ct Rose Gold Earrings with Pear Shaped Amethyst are excellent examples of February birthstone jewellery. From the 9ct White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Dress Ring to the 9ct Yellow Gold Tourmaline Amethyst Ring, it’s easy to see why amethyst jewellery is such a popular gift – particularly with the recipient!

Consider Redesigning an Older Amethyst Piece You Have

How about redesigning a piece you already have that may not be as stylish anymore. Maybe you have an amethyst ring, pendant, or earrings that just aren’t your style? We can take that gemstone and create something new, fresh, and modern that you love, all while repurposing the stone(s) you already had.

Whether amethyst is your birthstone or not, why not let February be the month you embrace this stone. As a family business, Francarlo Jewellers values each and every customer and take pride in providing and designing exquisite jewellery that will reflect your individual style.

What About Care and Maintenance of the Gemstone?

For those who are new to amethysts and are worried about its care and cleaning, you want to be sure you’re taking the right steps. While it does have a good level of toughness to it, you want to be sure that you don’t damage it while cleaning it. Ultrasonic cleaners tend to be the best option, but as far as at-home cleaning goes, a good quality jewellery cleaner such as Connoisseurs is best. You can also find some more tips in our jewellery care guide here.

Jewellery designed just for you

As well as the extensive range of amethyst jewellery available via our online shop, our bespoke jewellery design service enables you to create your own amethyst birthstone jewellery. To learn more, book an online consultation today, contact our friendly team at sales@francarlo.co.za or Whats App us on 083 201 0711