or those lucky enough to be born in the month of love, February’s amethyst birthstone is a durable and versatile gemstone beloved by fine jewellers – which means there are plenty of options when it comes to gifting (or treating yourself).
Taking its name from the Ancient Greek word methustos, which translates as ‘intoxicated’, amethyst jewels supposedly protect the wearer from drunkenness and, in turn, make them savvier when it comes to business. And, while we wouldn’t recommend making them key to your five-year plan, amethysts, which come in a spectrum of colours from light green to vivid purple, do make gorgeous additions to any jewellery box. Here’s our guide to the best amethyst jewellery to gift for February birthdays.
One for the maximalists, Annoushka’s beautifully detailed cocktail ring is sure to dazzle and delight. Featuring an eye-catching amethyst, tsavorite and black diamond beetle set in 18 carat rose gold, the elaborate piece also features a dainty black rhodium ant, carrying a delicate freshwater pearl. And if your February baby really likes to take things up a notch, why not treat them to the matching pendant and earrings too?
Mythology 18ct rose gold and amethyst beetle ring with tsavorite and black diamonds, £4,800, Annoushka
Venyx founder Eugenie Niarchos takes much of her inspiration from the cosmos and nowhere is this seen more literally than in the brand’s line of Zodiac necklaces. This pendant features a central amethyst flanked by blue sapphires on the front, while the reverse displays the Aquarius constellation picked out in 24 round-cut diamonds.
Aquarius Zodiac 18 karat gold coin necklace with amethyst, diamonds and sapphires, £5,400, Venyx
Feeling flash? Turn to fine horologist Audemars Piguet for a birthday gift that will garner major brownie points. Making a fantastic addition to any watch collection, the Royal Oak is one of the most coveted timepieces on the market, and this edition is no exception. An 18 carat pink gold case and bracelet are enhanced by a bezel set with 32 baguette-cut amethysts and a dial displaying a range of iridescent purple hues that dance and shift colour in the light.
Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph, £74,700, Audemars Piguet
Aurelia & Pierre
Looking for jewellery as beautiful as she is? Opt for Aurelia & Pierre’s pretty pastel-hued drop earrings. Set in sleek 18 carat white gold, the universally-flattering pear-shaped topaz and amethyst gemstones dance beautifully in the light, drawing attention to the face without stealing the show.
Sama blue topaz, amethyst and diamond drop earrings, £2,400, Aurelia & Pierre
British fine jewellery brand Kiki McDonough is renowned for the care and attention it lavishes on its stones, with as much love given to a semi-precious gem as to a flawless diamond. This elegant bangle set with faceted oval amethysts in green and lavender, each offset against a trio of diamonds, is a piece to be treasured for decades to come.
Green and lavender amethyst gold bangle, £1,800, Kiki McDonough
These charming chandelier earrings by London-based jeweller Pippa Small are a thoughtful gift for the jewellery loving philanthropist in your life. Hand crafted in Kabul by the artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which provides vital support and training for young creatives in Afghanistan, these unique pieces utilise ethically-sourced Sri Lankan amethysts that both look good and do good.
PTSM Afghanistan 18kt gold vermeil and amethyst ‘Shah’ earrings, £630, Pippa Small
Susan Caplan Vintage
Vintage and pre-loved doesn’t extend merely to your wardrobe – there’s a booming market for second hand jewellery and at its forefront is Susan Caplan. This amethyst and crystal three-piece set was created by Canada’s D’Orlan jewellery house in the 1980s and makes for an impressive gift for the modern jewellery fan.
Susan Caplan Vintage 1980s D’Orlan jewellery set, £389, Farfetch
Ideal for the jewellery fan who prefers an effortlessly cool look, this elegant bracelet by Auree can be worn alone for an understated vibe or stacked with other pieces in an arm party. A truly versatile gift, two hand-set green amethysts are accompanied by a gold disc that is polished on one side and brushed on the other for a touch of laid-back luxury.
Bali amethyst and 9ct gold bracelet, £225, Auree
The striking triangle-shaped eponymous cut from Russian fine jewellery brand Maya Gemstones is said to be symbolic of power, intellect, wisdom and truth – making it a meaningful choice for a birthday gift. Set in 18 karat white gold and surrounded by round-cut diamonds, Maya’s Triangle Power amethyst drop earrings are elegant and timeless.
Triangle of Power earrings in white gold with amethysts and diamonds, £2,750, Maya Gemstones
This striking 1970s vintage Latin style pendant is ideal for the February baby with an artsy aesthetic. Featuring seven violet step cut amethysts set in an organic freeform yellow gold mount, textured gold claws that resemble coral formations cradle each stone of this piece by renowned 20th century American jewellery designer Barbara Anton.
Vintage amethyst cross by Barbara Anton, £11,500, Hancocks