From pale purple to vivid violet, amethyst is a gorgeous gemstone. Most commonly known as the birthstone for the month of February, amethyst is revered among naturists for its inherent calming energies. When used in jewelry—and especially as the centerpiece for amethyst rings—this gemstone elicits a velvety richness and regal grace. Purple is, after all, the hue of royalty. The beauty of amethyst pairs well with every type and color of metal—while white metals display its bluish undertones, warm metals magnify the richness of this deep purple stone. Amethyst is incredibly versatile when used in jewelry, and its strength allows it to be worn daily without worry. As more and more couples are choosing alternative gemstones for engagement rings, amethyst also has taken center stage in stunning engagement ring settings that redefine tradition and embrace elegance. If you’re choosing amethyst for your new ring, consider these design ideas that best accentuate the amazing amethyst.
A solitaire amethyst ring is already elegant and bold. But the extra beauty—and lure—of amethyst is its budget-friendly price tag. Large amethyst stones are relatively inexpensive. Buyers can choose massive stones for stately solitaires without busting their budget. We love massive amethyst center stones for engagement rings. If you wish to forego any side stones or gemstone details, set a large amethyst center stone within a vintage-inspired etched band. Or opt for sleek and chic with a simple polished setting to allow the magnificence of the stone to shine.
We often recommend halo designs for engagement rings to highlight a center diamond or stone. However, not all halos are made the same. For an amethyst with an angular cut (think Emerald or Asscher), a square diamond halo set in yellow gold will make those diamonds pop! If you prefer a softer round or oval-shaped center stone, you can play with texture and depth. Add larger accent diamonds in the halo for a bold look, or go subtle with a delicate drop halo (as featured in this hidden halo engagement ring) beneath your amethyst gem. For a more classic look, keep it simple with a halo of petite round diamonds. This style gives off a vintage, even cameo-like design. Tiny seed pearls may also be used to surround your amethyst center stone.
Side stones are a great option to make any ring more visually appealing. Diamond side stones add fire when set next to richer, but less brilliant gemstones like amethyst. You can set tiny diamonds alongside an amethyst in a sleek channel setting, or for maximum fire, you can add larger diamond side stones in a shape that best accentuates your centerpiece amethyst. When choosing colored gemstones to set next to your amethyst, you need to find gems that coordinate or contrast with the purple gemstone. Look to the color wheel for inspiration, but we love citrine, pearls, opals, and pink or blue sapphires next to an amethyst. When adding pearls or opals to your ring, however, keep in mind that these are softer gemstones… and they may be easily scratched or dinged in everyday wear.
We’ve talked a lot about rings with amethyst as the star of the show. This, however, is more popular in fashion rings and fine jewelry than with engagement rings. When you talk about amethyst engagement rings, which are much less common, most likely amethyst will be featured on either side of a more traditional diamond center stone. Amethyst is a beautiful accent color not seen in most engagement, making it a stunning, stand-out choice for brides looking for a unique engagement ring. It particularly works well in vintage designs, given that for many centuries gemstones were more popular than diamonds, which could not be polished to shine the way they do now with modern techniques and technology.
Amethyst rings are both regal and versatile. With beautiful color and low costs, amethyst is an ideal choice for large center stones or cost-effective accents. Learn more about our gemstone rings for any occasion, or even design your own gorgeous amethyst ring with Brilliance!