Amethyst is the birthstone of February and the zodiac sign according to its birthstone is Aquarius. These stones come in purple color and is a violet variety of quartz.
The derivation of the word Amethyst is from the ancient Greek word "amethustos", which means "not inebriate". The luster of these stones is vitreous and it is rated 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Here are the 10 famous Amethyst Jewelry which includes Necklaces, Tiara and Earrings.
Morris Amethyst Brooch is a heart-shaped which has 96 carat Amethyst and is surrounded by Diamonds. This piece of jewelry was presumably made during the era of The Edwardian (1901-1915). In 1973, it was given to The Smithsonian Institution by Mrs. George M. Morris. Today, it is on display at the National Museum of Natural History.
The cursed Amethyst is a purple Amethyst which was stolen from the temple of Indra. People knew it as "Delhi Sapphire" but in fact was a purple Amethyst. Ever since the day it was stolen, the curse of it started befalling to the holder.
One of the young curators of the British Natural History Museum’s vaults found the Amethyst along with a letter from its previous owner which warned that it was cursed. Despite the warning, he took it with him and soon he fell ill with kidney stones. Regardless of the belief that it is cursed, at present, it is on display in the Natural History Museum in London.
In 2011, The Flora Danica Tiara was designed by Danish jeweler Anja Blinkenberg and created by Flora Danica for Princess Marie of Denmark. This tiara is made of silver lilies and at the base of the tiara, there are 25 cabochon amethyst balls. Princess Marie has an absolute right to wear this tiara but still, it is owned by Flora Danica.
Queen Mary of the House of Windsors owned an Amethyst tiara which includes primarily oval amethysts and was framed by Diamonds. It is said that she gained it at a charity or raffle. We can no longer see the set as it was sold in an auction which included the tiara, a necklace with pendants, a pair of earrings, and a brooch.
The Kent Amethyst Demi-Parure was made in the first half of the nineteenth century and the Duchess of Kent was the owner of it. The demi-parure contains a necklace, a pair of hair combs, a pair of earrings, and three brooches. After the death of the Duchess of Kent, it was passed to her daughter, Queen Victoria who then turned the amethysts as heirloom of the crown.
The original owner of the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara was French Empress Josephine. At first, it was not a tiara at all, but it was originally a necklace in which fifteen oval Amethysts were surrounded by Diamonds. As it was heavy and uncomfortable to wear, Queen Silvia of Sweden changed it into a tiara.
Queen Alexandra is the great-grandmother of the current queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II. As Queen Alexandra was a great enthusiast of Amethyst, her brother-in-law gifted her the Amethyst tiara. This tiara includes seven large oval-shaped Siberian Amethysts which is surrounded by Diamonds.
The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara was a gift from King Harald V of Norway to his wife, Queen Sonja. The tiara which was created around 1990 consists of a convertible necklace/tiara, piece of earrings, two bracelets, and a brooch. The crown princess, Mette-Marit word this tiara of her mother-in-law (Queen Sonja) in Copenhagen.
Given to Duchess of Windsor from the Duke was a bib necklace that consists of gold, turquoise, amethyst, and diamond. The necklace was made with 18 and 20-carat gold, platinum, long and rectangular-shaped Diamond, one heart-shaped and one oval-shaped Amethyst, and turquoise cabochons.
The Bavarian Amethyst Demi-Parure was originally owned by Queen Therese of Bavaria who was the queen of Bavaria and the wife of Ludwig I, King of Bavaria. The demi-parure consists of a series of oval-shaped Amethyst and each of the Amethysts are set within a frame of cushion-shaped Diamonds.
Visit Stoneharu for more information about stones and gems.