Amethyst – February birthstone and wine’s friend February 20, 2017 – Posted in: General, Unique Collections – Tags: , ,

Wallis Simpson

With it’s deep purple colour that looks like wine, who can blame the Greeks and Romans for calling it after the ancient Greek word combining ἀ a- (“not”) and méthystos (“intoxicated”). Wine goblets were often made of purple quartz and is still a popular glassware choice to this day. If you happen to run into Bacchus with an Amethyst in your pocket, legend has it that you would remain clear headed and withstand intoxication.

From the Greek mythology the romantics can revel in the tale of Bacchus, the god of wine, pursuing the maiden Amethyste before she is rescued by Diane who turns her into a white stone. Upon seeing this, the mournful Bacchus pours his glass of wine over this sculpture, staining her in purple.

Few gemstones in this world are as attractive as an Amethyst, while still both affordable and also attract a duchess’s attention. It adorns many royal jewellery pieces, but few enviable collections of all time can beat Wallis Simpson’s, the Duchess of Windsor. The Duke gifted her amongst others, with a Cartier amethyst and turquoise bib necklace in 1947 (pictured above). French Empress Josephine and later Queen Silvia of Sweden wore an Amethyst tiara that was deconstructed by Tiffany & Co from a too heavy neckpiece that was part of the Royal demi-parure. This collection is now in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Also included in the Museum’s collection is very rare amethyst: the 96-carat Morris Amethyst Brooch. An impressive deep, rich purple heart-shaped Edwardian piece.

The Amethyst color spectrum range vary from light pink to deep purple, and may include various color zoning. The most desired color is known as “Deep Siberian” consisting of 75 to 80 percent primary purple hue, and the balance between blue and red secondary hues (depending on light source).

Now is that not all a good reason to put that Amethyst piece on and go celebrate life and love with a goblet or two of gorgeous red wine?

(Images courtesy of and MaxPixel)