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Time once again to celebrate some of our favorite gemstones, and today’s featured beauty is February birthstone AMETHYST! Come join us as we ooh and ahh over some spectacular art deco amethyst jewelry, won’t you? But first, a primer:
The name “amethyst” derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion.
Historically, royals have admired the deep purple hue of the February birthstone since at least the days of Alexander the Great. Amethyst lore also includes several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. If you celebrate a February birthday, wearing an amethyst can be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength. – GIA
So let’s show some respect to this gorgeous purple-hued February birthstone and take a look at some of its most stunning incarnations. Ready, set, go—>
First up, this beautiful Art Nouveau pin with an amethyst drop:
Next, a gorgeous silver antique amethyst cocktail ring with glittering filigree work and a bezel set stone:
How about these absolutely stunning emerald and amethyst drop earrings? Yes please:
Or this intriguing enamel sunburst amethyst brooch:
Next this antique set, way pre-deco (circa 1870s) but spectacularly lovely:
Then we’ve got this beauty, a classic yellow gold setting in a simple antique style:
Next we have this beautiful cabochon cut amethyst in an art deco brooch with seed pearl embellishments:
Then this extremely gorgeous statement necklace, a Lynn Ban design with amethyst and aquamarine stones glittering all around:
Or how about this true-vintage enamel pin, with shades of mint green and ivory surrounding the bezel set amethyst:
Finally, below you’ll find some gorgeous pieces we’ve featured in the past. Most have sold by now, but all are inspirationally gorgeous! Like, yes, these very cool Erté earrings: gold feathers, adorned with pave diamonds, deep purple amethyst and brilliant green enamel:
Then there’s this incredible (pricy, but incredible) vintage amethyst brooch by Black, Starr & Frost, circa 1925:
At a somewhat more reasonable price-point, we’ve featured this next vintage beauty before, and it is still gorgeous, AND still available for sale. Someone needs to SNAP IT UP. Swooooon.
Same goes for this yellow gold ring with a bold oval cut amethyst and a geometric carved setting:
One great thing about amethysts (besides everything) is how they look incredible set in both yellow and white gold. Here’s another yellow gold beauty, a lovely 1930s era diamond and amethyst pendant, from the aptly named Gatsby Jewels:
Sadly, that one is sold, but the good news is this holy-moly vintage silver stunner is still up for grabs:
Also gone-but-not-forgotten? This beautiful vintage 1920s white gold filigree ring:
Finally, we absolutely adore these deep purple platinum amethyst earrings designed by Marzo, Paris, circa 1930. Breathtaking!