February is one of the most consistent months, in terms of birthstones. It matters not whether you prefer to honor birthstones from the classical or modern tradition, or even whether Western or Ayurvedic birthstones float your boat more! It’s amethyst across the board for February – and if you’re stuck for a present idea, birthstone jewelry is about as easy and universally pleasing as you can get. Today we check out some of the sweetest, sassiest and sexiest pieces from the range for February birthstone jewelry.
Amethyst is a fairly budget-friendly gemstone to include in jewelry – any of the shades of violet in quartz are known as amethyst. This is why you won’t find ‘pink amethyst’ or ‘brown amethyst’, the way that color variations of other popular stones like topaz and sapphires are available. Any other color of amethyst is simply called quartz! Amethyst has a hardness off 7 on the Mohs scale (where diamond is rated ten out of ten), and varies from translucent to transparent. Greeks and Romans once believed it would prevent them becoming intoxicated, and so made drinking flasks out of it. I’m not sure precisely why they drank wine if they didn’t want to get drunk … but it takes all sorts to make up this crazy world! I think amethyst looks much better in a jewelry context, anyway – like in the Pandora amethyst ring at the beginning of the article. Amethyst has such a mystical, classical look to it, and Pandora’s braided metal design complements that well. The shade of this gemstone is a little lighter than normal, but is different to the opaque pink quart that we are used to seeing … hence the ‘pink amethyst’ designation . Unfortunately you’ll need to spoil the surprise by asking your recipient their finger size – this ring cannot be resized because of the braid design. It matches with the Pandora amethyst earrings shown below – both of these items are recent additions to the Pandora range, and are surprisingly well priced!
The Signity amethyst yellow gold ring at right features the distinctive combination of channel setting and princess cuts for the gemstones that you may have noticed elsewhere – imitators are often called ‘half eternity’ rings, but Signity cuts their gemstones a particular way, which distinguishes them. They are made for comfortable everyday wear, with 4mm wide bands, and with 9ct yellow gold base and very affordable stones, they are a centerpiece of jewelry collections that is actually very affordable. A lovely romantic gift, too !
Heart cut and brilliant cut gemstones are much more common than square and emerald cut stones because they generally leave so much more of the stone intact. With amethyst’s abundance worldwide, though, people can indulge in the rarer gemstone cuts for their jewelry, without paying extortionate prices. This square cut amethyst and diamond pendant is a great example, including amethysts and diamonds on a white gold setting … but at a price that will make your jaw drop! This piece doesn’t come with a chain – you don’t need to add to chain-clutter, if your recipient already has an extensive jewelry collection,, or can simply personalize your choice a little more.
Like in the pendant, these amethyst earrings utilize a simple design along with a rarely-seen gemstone cut to create an outstanding February birthday gift. The amethysts are a sizeable 4mm x 6mm, and set on 9ct white gold for affordability. And affordability is definitely something they achieve! You might have to take your girl out for a night on the town to wear them, as the rest of her birthday gift.
Unfortunately it is a little difficult to get all the detail in this one, but it is a beautiful product nonetheless. The Lovepods range of Pandora jewelry was launched a few months ago, and is one of the more minimal and elegant subsets of the Pandora jewelry collection. Everything is set in 14ct yellow gold, and if you’re familiar with Pandora’s pricing, you know that means lay-by is the preferred payment method for most! Lovepods necklaces and rings really are showpieces of the jewelry world – they’re delicate, but definitely to be treasured. This necklace includes red topaz, amethyst, and a spinel stone which is a dark grey to black color. You can choose any of the stones for matching earrings, and there are matching Lovepods rings available also.
The bright coloring of amethyst often means that jewelers like to incorporate it into ‘realistic’ style jewelry pieces … the ones that look like something other than a pendant or pair of earrings! If your loved one is a wine drinker, this pendant will evoke memories of balmy summer nights spent with a beautiful bottle of merlot or shiraz, with its imagery of grape bunches sparkling against green vine leaves. There are a couple of little ‘dewdrop’ diamonds included as well!
Overall, there are over a hundred and fifty different jewelry pieces that incorporate amethyst into their design in store – there really is something for everyone! The amethyst range has a great mix of rings, pendants and earrings, as well as stand-alone pieces or those set alongside other gemstones. Check out the breadth of the amethyst jewelry range here before you make a decision – they’re all beautiful!