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The February Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Don royal purple with the February birthstone: amethyst! This unusually-hued gemstone will make any wearer into an instant queen.

 

February Birthstone

Amethyst jewelry is the go-to purchase for February birthdays and Valentine’s gifts. The February birthstone is stunning yet graceful, rewarding those bold enough to wear it with plenty of turned heads!

What is the Birthstone for February?

It’s amethyst! Amethyst is a violet type of quartz, the crystalline mineral silicon dioxide. This is a great jewelry gemstone, as it’s not only gorgeous, but also sufficiently resilient to withstand day-to-day wear. It rates a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, indicating that it’s pretty difficult to scratch. Amethyst is a jewel that’s ready to keep up with your active lifestyle.

The History of Amethyst

Amethyst isn’t only good in the form of birthstone jewelry. This gemstone takes its name from the ancient Greek belief that it could protect its bearer from poison and drunkenness: a- (not) + methysko (intoxicating). Not only was amethyst worn as talismanic jewelry, but it was also carved into cups to prevent over-tipsiness.

With all due respect to the ancient Greeks, we disagree. Amethyst is positively intoxicating!

Amethyst February Birthstone

How to Style Amethyst

Purple can be a tricky color to style, and a trickier one to style well. When it comes to amethyst, it looks best when paired with certain colors of clothes.

  • similar shades of purple
  • neutral shades: black, white, gray, silver or gold.

As for who can wear amethyst, everyone’s in luck. Amethystian purple hedges both cool and warm tones, and as such it complements any complexion. Jewelry-wearers of the world, rejoice! This is your sign to rock amethyst jewelry.

Who Wears Amethyst?

Perhaps because of its royal connotations, but most certainly because of its beauty, amethyst is a solid favorite among red carpet celebrities. And as you can see, stars like Diane Kruger and Zoe Saldana are also fans of pairing their jewels with purple fabrics. 

Diane Kruger- Amethyst February Birthstone
Zoe Saldana - Amethyst February Birthstone

The Value of Amethyst Birthstone

Amethyst is valued primarily by the quality of its color rather than its carat weight. Meaning that you can score a heftily-sized gemstone for a much more reasonable price than other jewels. 

Amethyst Stone Meaning

The February gemstone is also rife with meaning. In the past, Tibetan Buddhist monks considered it holy and carved prayer beads from it and English royalty reserved it for themselves due to its sacred properties. And amethyst became the February birthstone thanks to the legendary St. Valentine, who donned an amethyst ring as he performed illicit marriages; this eventually led to the modern-day practice of gifting amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Modern-day lore claims that it is a powerful protective stone with cognitive and emotional stimulating properties.

Amethyst Rings

Deck your digits with a purple ring or two (or three), so you can punctuate every gesture with lavender. Choose a small stone for everyday wearing and stacking, or pump up the purple and go crazy with an oversized amethyst cocktail ring.

Petite Amethyst
Birthstone Ring

“Perfect in every way. I chose this for my 9 year old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful.”
– Johanna T.

Doubled Amethyst
and Diamond Ring

“A beautifully designed ring! The few diamonds on the ring next to the amethyst are a subtle compliment overall.”
-Marcin B.

Amethyst Earrings

Frame your face with two delicate purple gemstones. Amethyst earrings look particularly lovely on wearers with blue and brown eyes. And of course, they’re absolutely plum-colored stunning on those with violet-colored irises!

Cultured Pearl
and Amethyst Earrings

“The earrings were well made and delicate. My wife loved it as a birthday gift.”
– Felipe S.

Oval-Cut Amethyst
Stud Earrings

“This was a gift for my daughter-in-law and she was very happy.”
– Josette B.

Amethyst Necklaces

A single amethyst worn around the neck is known to protect its wearer from boring jewelry choices. Flaunt your unique personal style with a unique purple gemstone, set in precious metal.

Amethyst Birthstone
Necklace

“The birthstone necklace was stunning; the perfect birthday gift for my wife; she was mesmerized by it.” – Jonathan O.

Victorian Diamond
and Amethyst Necklace

“I bought this to celebrate the birth of our daughter and my wife loves it!” -Jason K.

The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

If you’re a February baby, or you’re looking for the perfect February gift, you are in luck! Amethyst is strong, affordable, and complements every complexion. Take your pick of any of the amethyst fan favorites listed above. 

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * October Opal * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year and is often synonymous with hearts, flowers, and of course, chocolate. This year, why not get creative and gift that special someone in your life with a beautiful piece of fine jewelry? Whether it’s your mom, partner, spouse, or even your best friend, James Allen has the perfect gift that they will cherish forever. 

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Gifts under $200

Mini Initial ‘S’ Bracelet -$112

Personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas. And this is why we LOVE this adorable, mini initial bracelet. Make it as personal as you like, whether you choose the letter of their first name, your last name, or the initials of your children. This is a timeless and perfect staple piece of jewelry. Check out our matching mini initial necklaces.

Heart Stud Earrings -$165

Valentine’s Day gifting doesn’t always have to be excessive. Opt for a simple yet stunning pair of heart stud earrings that are special enough for February 14th but also cute and to wear the other 364 days of the year. 

P.S these are cupid approved!

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial S Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Heart Stud Earrings

Gifts under $250

Beaded Amethyst Necklace -$202

Birthstone jewelry is a stunning gift idea for Valentine’s Day as it’s both beautiful and meaningful. Selecting a piece of jewelry that features your special someone’s birthstone will add that personalized yet sentimental touch you’ve been looking for. And, of course, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. For example, February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is rich with symbolism and often associated with protection, inner strength, and courage.

Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings -$225

Let your darling stand out this Valentine’s Day with a pair of exquisite gemstone earrings. When it comes to gemstones, there is often a wide variety, from red rubies to pink sapphire and glamorous garnets. Be sure to choose a color that matches their eyes or compliments their skin tone. As gemstone earrings commonly feature small stones, they’re quite affordable and make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

14K White Gold Beaded Amethyst Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings

Gifts Under $350

Duo Love And Heart Necklace -$315

Surprise your Valentine by expressing your love with this playful 14K yellow gold layered necklace. Just like you and your significant other, this necklace features a “love” and open heart joint pendant that beautifully complement each other.

Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet -$315

Minimalists will appreciate the subtle message that comes with this interlocked rings bracelet that symbolizes an everlasting connection and unity. What makes this yellow gold bracelet so perfect is that it’s adjustable, super stylish, and nothing like a traditional V-day gift!

14K Yellow Gold Duo Love And Heart Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet

Gifts under $450

Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings -$412

Gifting your sweetheart with a classic pair of pearl earrings comes highly recommended. Pearls are not only chic and timeless but can be worn for any occasion -day or night. These delicate pearl drop earrings are the epitome of sophistication and make the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates anything feminine and pink. 

Diamond Heart Bracelet -$450

This gorgeous White Gold diamond heart bracelet is simple yet oh-so-romantic. Meaningful and super versatile, this beautiful gift is sure to capture your loved one’s heart. 

14K Rose Gold Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings
14K White Gold Diamond Heart Bracelet

Gifts Under $600

Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace -$517

We love this one and there is no doubt your Valentine will too. This exquisite necklace features a diamond-studded girl and boy holding hands. This makes the perfect gift for anyone from best friends, bride-to-be, or expecting parents. You can also customize the number of charms.

Key To Your Love’s Heart Diamond Necklace -$570

Capture the key to your love’s heart with this sparkling statement. Available in white gold and rose gold, this stunning diamond necklace will make your Valentine’s jewelry collection complete.

14K Rose Gold Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace
14K Rose Gold Key To Your Love's Heart Diamond Necklace

Splurge – Gifts under $1000

Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings -$735

These dainty yet elegant stud earrings not only make a stunning Valentine’s Day gift are also perfect for everyday wear. These studs are easily one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry that anyone can own and wear. From brunch with your gals to date night with your love, it’s no wonder these are so popular.

Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet – $940

Sleek and modern, this stunning diamond bracelet features a delicate arrow with a single row of diamonds extending from a circle of 14K yellow gold. The open triangle head of the arrow acts as a clasp for easy wear and comfort. This simple design is not only perfect for every day but is also lovely for those special occasions.

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings

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