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Amethyst Unveiled: 9 Interesting Facts About February's Birthstone

by Qhama Daka on February 08, 2024

Amethyst in Close-up Shot

Dive into the mystique of the amethyst, a gem that transcends time with its rich history and cultural significance. Beyond being February's birthstone, amethyst holds tales of ancient beliefs, royal adoration, and enduring traditions. Explore the allure of this gem as we unravel fascinating facts that make amethyst a symbol of beauty, love, and timeless elegance.


1. Ancient Greeks Believed In Its Powers of Sobriety:

Delving into the mystique of amethyst, the ancient Greeks wove a fascinating belief around this gem, claiming it possessed mystical powers to ward off intoxication. The term "amethyst" has its origins in the Greek word "amethystos," translating to "not intoxicated."

In Greek mythology, Amethyst was believed to provide protection against drunkenness and was closely linked to Dionysus, the god of wine.

 Greek God of wine


2. The Royals Love Amethysts:

Throughout history and into the present day, members of royal families and the social elite across the globe have cherished at least one amethyst piece in their treasured jewellery collections. Here are some remarkable instances:

  • - In the 1950s, the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, graced Versailles with an exquisite exquisite bib-style necklace crafted by Cartier. This masterpiece featured 30 amethysts, turquoise cabochons, and diamonds.

  • Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson wearing bib-style necklace crafted by Cartier
  • - Empress Catherine the Great II (1729-1796) of Russia expressed her fondness for amethysts by incorporating them into buttons, earrings, necklaces, and hair ornaments.

  • Catherine The Great's Amethyst Earrings
  • - The last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, adorned herself with an amethyst ring during her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. This choice sparked a love for the richly coloured gemstone among members of the Roman nobility

  • - Sweden’s Monarchy possesses one of the most precious amethyst sets in the royal realm, steeped in historical significance. Initially owned by Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Joséphine, the set journeyed through generations, finally adorning Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine, captivating onlookers with its magical crown and earring ensemble.

  • Empress Joséphine weraing amethyst jewellery
  • - Queen Elizabeth II herself proudly wore a brooch from the Kent Amethysts set, considering it one of her favourites, as showcased on multiple occasions.

  • Queen Elizabeth II wearing a brooch from the Kent Amethysts set


3. Was Once The Most Valuable Gemstone:

At one point in history, these gemstones were exclusively reserved for royalty because of how rare they were, only found in a mine in Russia. Therefore, this purple-coloured exquisite gem has long been associated purple with nobility and royalty.

And what was once a prohibition, forbidding non-royals from wearing the colour at certain times throughout history now graces the collections of individuals worldwide, even coming in lab-grown amethyst gems for those concerned about sustainability & wearing earth-friendly luxury jewellery.


4. Anniversary Tradition:

As an alternative to iron or wood, gifting an amethyst for a sixth wedding anniversary is a cherished tradition. For those who tied the knot in February, it serves as the perfect accessory to commemorate your special day. 

Celebrate your six years of wedded bliss with the timeless tradition of gifting your partner with a Tru-Diamonds amethyst jewellery piece. Here are exquisite pieces that you could gift them, to symbolise the enduring strength of your marital bond and the vibrant energy of your passion and love:

Tru-Amethyst Cincature Earrings

Tru-Amethyst Cincature Pendant

Royal Cascade Bracelet


5. Stone of Peace:

Amethyst earned its title as the "stone of peace." Beyond captivating the eyes, it’s a symbol not just for adornment but for nurturing a sense of inner serenity.

A heart shaped amethyst crystal


6. It’s not only February's Gemstone:

This gemstone holds significance as the traditional birthstone for February, the official gem for Wednesday, and as the astrological gem for those born under the sign of Pisces.


7. Valentine's Symbol:

St. Valentine himself cherished amethysts, adorning an intricate amethyst intaligio ring with Cupid’s face carved into the stone. Even today, many consider amethyst a symbol of love, making it an ideal and sentimental gift for Valentine's Day. This tale might contribute to the tradition of Amethyst being the birthstone for February, as it signifies love among its various believed properties.

 Saint Valentine's amethyst ring


8. Fidelity Charm:

In ancient Rome, wives believed amethysts possessed the power to safeguard the fidelity of their marriages. Some women adorned themselves with this stone during weddings, while others embellished their husband's armour with it. This precious stone found a place in weddings and armour, symbolising commitment and loyalty transcending time.

Explore these exquisite amethyst pieces to adorn yourself with, a modern expression of commitment and a beautiful addition to your jewellery collection:

Lady wearing Tru-Diamonds Amethyst Inspiration Pendant

Tru-Amethyst Perfection Earrings

Lady wearing Tru-Diamonds Amethyst Inspiration Pendant

Tru-Amethyst Inspiration Pendant


9. From Precious to Semi-precious:

In times long past, amethysts held a status as precious as diamonds, a symbol of wealth and power. However, the 19th century brought significant discoveries of the gemstone in South America, shifting the gemstone's classification to semiprecious while retaining its timeless allure.

Amethyst gems on white background


If you’re looking for an addition to your jewellery collection, the amethyst jewellery pieces should undoubtedly be at the top of your list. With tons of positive qualities, this gemstone can enhance any outfit. If the allure of amethyst captivates you but budget constraints or preferences come into play, consider Tru-Diamonds' lab-grown amethyst gem jewellery – a sustainable, earth-friendly option.