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The month of love: The Amethyst

“The February born shall find
 sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.”

The legend of St. Valentine and the Amethyst

According to old Roman lore, St. Valentine was a priest who travelled around performing marriages. He was known for wearing an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.

This is how the tradition of Valentine’s Day started. It is also the reason why amethysts are regarded as symbols of love, and are the designated February birthstone.

Here are some interesting Amethyst facts:

1.     They are found in Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia, but Brazil is the source of the largest and purest crystals in the world.

2.     The original symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning. However, it became symbolic with wealth and power and strongly associated with Royalty as the dyes used for purple materials were extremely expensive to produce.

3.     The ancient Greeks thought amethysts could stop you from getting drunk. They carved drinking cups out of the gemstone, believing the crystals lessened the effects of wine. The word amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, meaning “not intoxicated”.

4.     Amethyst are the celebrity choice of gem! Katy Perry, Courtney Cox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Kruger and Sofia Vergara have chosen amethyst jewelry to big award ceremonies and red carpet events.

And our top Amethyst picks:

This fine ring, dresses up any outfit. Featuring 0.33 ct of Ruby and 3.8 ct of Amethyst, made of 14K Rose Gold, it is the ideal accessory.  ($990)

These stunning amethyst drop earrings feature 0.26 ct of Diamond and 1.85 ct of Amethyst, made of 14K Yellow Gold ($887)

These charming amethyst earrings feature 0.35 ct of Diamond and 5.3 ct of Amethyst and are made of 14K Yellow Gold ($1,017). Pure elegance.

This stunning set of amethyst earrings feature 0.46 ct of Diamond and 18 ct of Amethyst, coated in 14K Rose Gold ($1,980). Perfectly paired for an evening romantic or celebration dinner.

This elegant amethyst pendant features 0.18 ct of Diamond and 3.6 ct of Amethyst. The Pendant is made of 14K Rose Gold ($621). Working for daily use, as well as the sparkling centerpiece of any outfit.

PC7365A

This fashionable amethyst ring oozes elegance and features 0.1 ct of Diamond and 0.7 ct of Amethyst. The ring is made of 14K Rose Gold ($873)

PC7651A

This gorgeous pair of amethyst earrings features 0.17 ct of Diamond and 9 ct of Amethyst. They are made of 14K Rose Gold ($1,787)

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