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The History of Amethyst Jewelry

Amethyst is not only a highly favored gemstone for modern jewelry, but it has been prominently featured in pieces throughout history dating as far back as 25,000 BC. The stone was commonly associated with the Greek god of wine because of its purple coloring. The name amethyst was derived from the Greek word amethystos, meaning “not intoxicated,” due to the belief the stone prevents the wearer from being inebriated. Later the gemstone was used for protection during war and serious business endeavors to keep clear-headed. The peace-keeping power of amethyst spans many cultures throughout history, and today it is believed to conjure spiritual healing, calmness, and wisdom.

Qualities of Amethyst

Amethyst is a rich purple variation of quartz, extending from a pastel lilac to a deep, vivid royal purple. When quartz is without impurities, the crystals are colorless. To become amethyst, iron and minerals must be leached from the surrounding lava rocks. Amethyst displays a few unique color markers. First, the tone ranges from blue to red, with “rose amethyst” being a commonly favored variety. The stone also highlights color zoning, which means a shift in shades can be seen from darker to lighter in certain areas. Amethyst is ranked at a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning amethyst jewelry can be worn daily with only a slight precaution to avoid any scratching of the stone.

Popular Amethyst Jewelry Styles

As the gemstone designated for the sixth wedding anniversary, amethyst jewelry makes a lovely gift, especially a pendant necklace with a few glittering diamond accents. Those with birthdays in February should delight that amethyst was chosen as their birthstone. For a birthday gift, amethyst fashion rings or colorful earrings are an excellent option. Amethyst symbolizes inner strength and tranquility—a power celebrated since the earliest civilizations. Because of this, gifting amethyst jewelry is a good option no matter the time or occasion. Whimsical, lilac-colored amethysts are a very popular choice for gemstone bracelets, but these precious stones can be used in a variety of jewelry styles.

Why Shop for Amethyst Jewelry at Rogers Jewelry Co.?

If you are looking for the perfect amethyst piece, Rogers Jewelry Co. has an unbeatable selection. We have seven locations across California and Nevada and offer the largest selection of bridal jewelry at our superstores. We are an all-inclusive custom jeweler, with all quality and design steps occurring in-house. We pride ourselves not only in treating all our customers like members of the family but also in giving back to our community, notably St. Judes Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army. Visit a jewelry store near you and stop by to experience our outstanding service.