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Amethyst’s meaning, styling, and care

What’s the meaning of Amethyst?

Three Rosecliff Stackable Amethyst rings in 14k yellow gold. The middle ring has alternating diamonds.

Amethyst – gemstone knowledge

Amethyst is made up of quartz crystals and gets its color from irradiation and trace amounts of iron. This semi-precious stone varies in hue from pale lavender to deep purple. In its natural state, it can present with bands of color sometimes fading to clear. The gem-cutter’s art comes in cutting a stone with a consistent color.

A woman wearing a Bayberry Grand & Classic 7 Amethyst Bracelet in 14k white gold featuring 6mm and 4mm gemstones.

Alluring Amethyst has been revered for centuries for its beautiful color and symbolic meanings.

Where is Amethyst found?

Hope Newport 14k gold bracelet featuring alternating 4mm briolette cut amethysts, Nantucket blue topaz, & sapphire gemstones.

Fun facts about Amethyst

How do I care for Amethyst jewelry?

Amethyst is durable and so is a very good choice for everyday wear, with a little care. You can wear it in the shower, while swimming, sleeping, and exercising. The gem’s color can fade if overexposed to light or heat for a prolonged period, however.

A woman wearing a Rosecliff Diamond & Amethyst Bar necklace and a Greenwich Solitaire Amethyst & Diamond necklace.

Occasional cleaning with a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner or mild dye-free dish soap and water is a simple way to maintain the beauty of your jewelry. Let it soak in a small bowl for a few minutes (away from the sink drain), then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Be sure to rinse it completely and blot dry with a chamois cloth.

Blond woman wearing HAVERHILL Greenwich 5 Amethyst and Diamond earring with 5 Amethysts each 4 mm surrounding a 2.7mm sustainably grown diamond

How to wear Amethyst jewelry

A woman wearing a Warren pendant featuring a 10 x 8mm emerald cut, bezel set amethyst on a 1.35mm Saffron chain.

Amethyst pairs beautifully with other cool-toned gemstones. Our Hope Collection features the stone with Sapphires and Nantucket Blue Topaz. Amethyst generates positive transformation, Sapphire guards the innocent, and Blue Topaz promotes peace. One hundred percent of profits from the Hope Collection is donated to Color of Change, which supports racial justice.

Hope Rosecliff Stackable ring in 14k yellow gold featuring eleven 2mm faceted amethysts, Nantucket blue topaz, and sapphires.

Consider pairing Amethyst with Diamonds set in white gold to bring out the cooler tones of the gemstone, as with this Rosecliff Stackable Ring.

A woman wearing a Rosecliff Stackable ring in 14k white gold featuring eleven alternating 2mm faceted diamonds and amethysts.

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Are all Amethysts the same color?

No, they can range from pale lilac to deep purple. Naturally occurring Amethyst forms in crystals and can have bands of color, but cut gemstones are generally more consistent in hue.

Can Amethyst be in the sun?

Amethyst can be sensitive to sunlight and extreme heat, but it would take prolonged exposure to cause it to fade. We recommend that you don’t steam-clean it or use an ultrasonic cleaner. It’s always best to store your jewelry in a cloth pouch or box to protect it and keep it from being scratched.

Should I wear Amethyst only if it’s my birthstone?

Not at all. People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because they’re the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because the traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love, like a child, friend, or a loved one who has passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal, and you should feel free to wear the gemstones that speak to you.

Does Amethyst have healing properties?

The ancient Greeks believed that it could help prevent drunkenness. Today it’s considered a gem that can help calm the mind and enhance intuition.

Can Amethyst go in water?

Yes, it can. You can wear it while showering, swimming, and exercising.