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Amethyst Ring Information

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About Amethyst Rings Back to Top

What is so amazing about amethyst rings? Well, amethyst rings are imperial jewelry items that have long been associated with royalty and the church. In fact, amethyst was known as "the stone of bishops", since it was often worn as rings by members of the clergy. Due to its wonderful purple color and availability, amethyst is a gem type that lends itself to stunning rings, from simple stackable amethyst rings to elaborate amethyst and diamond engagement rings. Many prefer a deep purple "Siberian" amethyst ring, named after amethyst deposits found in the Ural Mountains and now a trade name for amethyst with a rich hue, but others like a pale lavender or lilac amethyst ring, which is sometimes referred to by a the trade name "Rose de France". Amethyst rings have been worn for centuries, by saints, soldiers and rulers alike in the form of signet rings, faceted amethyst rings, amethyst cabochon rings and various other styles. Amethyst was traditionally considered to be one of the cardinal "precious gemstones", along with sapphire, ruby, emerald and diamond, which illustrates the value of amethyst rings to the ancients. While amethyst is now considered by some to be merely purple quartz, it remains one of the most precious and valuable quartz stones to be set into rings.

Amethyst Ring History Back to Top

Amethyst ring history is tied in with the color purple, which is a color that has been associated with authority since the Phoenicians produced a purple dye from mollusks. This Tyrian purple dye was costly to make, so it was reserved for the robes of those with high social status. Amethyst rings have been worn by bishops and members of royalty for hundreds of years and there are fine amethysts in the British Crown Jewels. It is said that St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring mounted with a carving of Cupid. An ancient Greek legend tells the story of Amethyst, a beautiful young woman, who was turned into a statue of crystal to protect her from the wrath of Dionysius, the god of intoxication. According to the myth, Dionysius's remorse at the sight led him to weep tears of wine, which stained the statue purple and created the gemstone. The ancient Greeks and Romans often wore signet rings and some of these were fashioned from amethyst. In some cases, the amethyst would outlast the ring, and one such example is a Roman amethyst ring stone engraved on both sides; one side showing a lovemaking scene that featured Pan, the goat-legged god. The ring stone alone achieved $18,750 at Christie's New York in 2007.

Amethyst Rings of the Rich and Famous Back to Top

Some of the amethyst rings of the rich and famous include a stunning Cartier amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring which was owned by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Amethyst rings have not gone out of fashion with celebrities; Alicia Keys wore a Fred Leighton amethyst and diamond ring at the 2009 Oscars. Zoe Saldana wore a large Lorraine Schwartz amethyst cocktail ring to complement her lilac dress at the 2010 Academy Awards, and then a white and yellow gold amethyst ring to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Another violet vision with an amethyst ring was Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Amethyst Ring Designs Back to Top
Silver Amethyst Ring with Gold Detail
Silver Amethyst Ring with Gold Detail
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Amethyst is a versatile and durable gemstone that can be found in many different amethyst ring designs, from cluster and pavé amethyst rings, to amethyst cocktail rings and men's amethyst cabochon rings. Amethyst is popularly made into statement rings because amethyst gems are affordable in large sizes, and it looks equally stunning when set into silver, yellow gold or rose gold. Amethyst rings may also be fashioned from unpolished amethyst crystals or crystal slices for a casual or bohemian look. Amethyst and diamond halo rings make beautiful formal wear and although some insist that amethyst is not worthy, it can be worn as an engagement ring. The beauty of amethyst is that it can be cabbed, faceted, carved, sliced and wrapped, so any kind of amethyst ring is possible from platinum Art Deco amethyst rings to silver amethyst "raw" gemstone rings.

Amethyst Ring Buying Guide Back to Top

Amethyst rings are widely available in jewelry shops, in silver, gold and other metals. With regard to a general amethyst ring buying guide, deep-violet (Siberian amethyst) rings and amethyst rings with large gemstones come at a higher price than pale colored amethyst rings and amethyst rings with small gemstones. Some jewelry retailers trade rings set with "green amethyst", but amethyst does not occur in green, and "green amethyst rings" are really made from a heated quartz called prasiolite. When it comes to buying amethyst rings, the choice is extremely wide, so it is possible to find the exact style that you are looking for quite easily. It is important that amethyst ring sellers are open and honest with regard to their gemstones, and that buyers check that their amethyst ring does not contain a synthetic stone. It is also worth asking about any treatments, since amethyst can be heated. However, most amethyst rings contain natural amethyst gemstones that have been mined from the earth and colored by nature.

How to Wear Amethyst Rings Back to Top

Amethyst rings can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, so how to wear amethyst rings is really up to the design and the wearer. For casual wear, amethyst geode and crystal cluster rings are fun and for formal wear, amethyst may be set into yellow gold, white gold and surrounded by a diamond halo or other embellishments. Oversized amethyst rings are not for shrinking violets, but should be worn with confidence. Amethyst rings may vary from bluer violet to redder purple colors, and may be worn differently depending on the preference. For example, a person who prefers cool tones may prefer violet amethyst rings, where someone who likes warm hues may lean toward purple amethyst. Some recommend that amethyst is not worn while sunbathing, since it is believed to fade after prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. However, many people wear their amethyst rings on sunny days for years without noticing any color fading.

Amethyst Ring Meanings Back to Top

Amethyst ring meanings include long associations with sobriety, since amethyst was believed to protect against intoxication. Therefore, amethyst rings are popular with those who struggle with addiction. Additionally, amethyst rings are thought to provide and calm mind, sweet dreams, a spiritual connection, and help relieve headaches and backache. Those who were born in February wear amethyst birthstone rings, as well as those born under the sign of Pisces.

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