Calling all February babies: it’s officially amethyst season.
Beyond a little smog, love certainly is in the air this month, and while we’re already getting rosy thinking about where to wine and dine and travel on the big day that starts with a ‘V’, the February birthstone too provides much reason to fall in sparkling love.
According to the American Gem Society, amethyst is the stone dedicated to the second month of the year, and with its purple quartz blend of violet and red hues, it’s a precious one to swoon for. Found in many parts of the world, amethyst is revered for its calming and peaceful qualities, a trait that comes in as a saviour especially in those areas where the skies are often dark and grey for long periods of the day. The stone actually gets its name from the Ancient Greek for ‘intoxicated’, and indeed, it is quite possibly one of the most alluring and beloved birthstones of the lot.
From the ancient Romans to the Middle Ages, amethyst jewellery has featured prominently in history as well as ancient myths. Some have even gone so far as to say that Saint Valentine himself wore an amethyst ring, carved with an image of Cupid, no less.
Drawing a bow and arrow with love hearts to our jewellery box, we’ve put together a list of five different ways you can sport the February birthstone this month. From warmer to cooler hues, you’ll be surprised by the variety, and inspired to really let purple reign this season. Read on.
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Beginning our list with a true showstopper, it doesn’t get much more regal than this stunning Chopard Imperiale Cocktail Sautoir Necklace (approx. THB 716,220), featuring a cushion-cut amethyst encased by an openwork lattice of 18-carat rose gold and diamonds. Truly bringing the February birthstone to shine in great majestic elegance, the necklace boasts intricate lines and soft curves, and makes for a stylishly sophisticated accessory that is still very fun to wear.
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For a casual and easy way to flaunt amethyst on the daily, look no further than these Pandora February Droplet Earrings (THB 2150). The sterling silver stud features the gemstone in a gleaming purple synthetic amethyst that pairs easily with other amethyst accessories like a small pendant, ring, or bracelet, without overwhelming its wearer. Simple and sweet, it boasts a refreshing burst of shine – much like those February babies themselves.
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Animal-inspired jewellery has been having a bit of a moment lately, and for those looking to unleash their wild side, this Annoushka Mythology Amethyst Beetle Ring (approx. THB 125,060) is a perfect fit. The cocktail ring features an 18ct rose gold beetle created with a vibrant 6.03ct faceted amethyst, 0.7ct tsavorite, and 0.03 black diamonds. On the side of the band sits a delicate freshwater pearl ant, completing the creative accessory charmingly suited to all those with a love for the outdoors (and beautiful bling).
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It’s hard not to fall in love with the subtle yet romantic designs of French and Spanish jewellery designer Paloma Picasso. A precious tribute to the olive branch, this Tiffany & Co. Paloma Olive Leaf Bracelet (approx. THB 22,670) features a small round amethyst as the sweet off-centred centrepiece on an 18k gold band. Fine and feminine, it was designed to be a symbol of peace and abundance, making it a lucky accessory to wear every day, too. Flaunt it on its own as some dreamy wrist candy, or stack with others for a colourfully dynamic look.
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Cocktail rings are great, but a cocktail ring that was actually inspired by and looks like a cocktail? Amazing. Since its release, there has been much to love about Piaget’s Limelight Cocktail collection, and this Blueberry Daiquiri-inspired ring (THB 675,000) is no different. The 18k white gold ring features a cushion-cut amethyst adorned with 121 brilliant-cut diamonds, 30 round pink sapphires, and one cabochon ruby. Oozing an aura of luxe extravagance with a diamond straw and a glimmering pink sapphire cocktail umbrella, here’s the ultimate toast to the star of the season, and the stone of the month.
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