February Birthstone: All About Amethyst
House of K'dor 0.95 carat F/VS diamond and oval-cut 3.00-carat amethyst pendant.
As mentioned, the stone's name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos” which means “intoxicated.”
Ancient Greeks and Romans long believed that amethyst keeps the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
Raise your glass if you could do with some of these superpowers!
House of K'dor cushion-cut amethyst ring with 0.41-carat F/VS diamond halo; $AU2490.
It is said that the patron of romantic love himself, St. Valentine, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. Further, astrologer Camillo Leonardi wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts. Supermodel and businesswoman Miranda Kerr places Amethyst throughout her home and garden.Other celebrity fans of the mauve gemstone include the Duchess of Cambridge, Elizabeth Taylor and Dianne Kruger.
House of K'dor cushion-cut 19.75-carat amethyst ring with an F/VS 2.01-carat diamond halo and double diamond band, $AU11900.
House of K'dor Oval-cut 9.30-carat amethyst ring with inter-crossing diamond-encrusted 0.76-carat gallery and band, $AU4190.
Amethyst jewellery dates as early back as 2000 BC. For those familiar with Old Testament history, amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
Amethyst was particularly fashionable during the reign of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, who had a particular fondness for the colour lilac.
English regalia were also decorated with Amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolise royalty. It's also traditionally chosen to adorn a bishop's Episcopal ring.
House of K'dor oval-cut 4.87-carat amethyst ring with an 18K rose gold and diamond pave 0.41carat band with ornate side detail, $AU2790.
Amethyst is found in areas such as Canada, Madagascar, Myanmar, Namibia, Russia and Sri Lanka. House of K'dor premium-grade Amethyst is sourced in Brazil, then set within magnificent 18K gold and diamond settings.
We hope we have inspired you to have more of this regal and beautiful gemstone in your life!
All jewellery House of K'dor. Background images by Vicky Kerr, Floral Alchemy.