When it comes to beautiful gemstone jewellery, amethyst engagement rings sadly find themselves near the bottom of the popularity scale. Despite a recent surge in interest from the masses, sparked by a number of designer jewellery collections based around the stone, the fact remains that many couples will probably not even consider an amethyst when thinking of what gem to choose to symbolise their love.
And yet, amethyst engagement rings are not entirely worthless, much to the contrary. Despite the stone’s reputation as cheap and second-rate, brides who are given these types of rings by their fiancés will still derive enough pleasure from their jewels to keep them more than happy with their partner’s choice.
This feeling will be considerably heightened if there is a particular reason for the choice of amethyst, such as the person receiving the ring was born in February (the gem is a birthstone for that month) or that the wedding is taking place in that month. This added bit of significance will no doubt tell the recipient of an amethyst ring that her partner is attentive to the special dates in her life.
Furthermore, amethyst engagement rings can be significantly more affordable than those of other materials, since amethyst is a semi-precious stone, as opposed to a precious one. As such, lovers who opt for this type of ring can get a very good price-to-quality ratio, which is not always possible with diamonds.
There are also several folklorist benefits associated with an amethyst. The stone is believed to help with mental balance and to reduce anxiety, and it is traditionally linked to purity, spirituality and sincerity – all desirable traits in a romantic union.
However, every rose has its thorn, and the choice of amethyst engagement rings can also have a downside. This is mostly linked to the common perception of the stone as low-cost and somewhat tacky, a far cry from the glitter and glamour of diamonds. Some experts will go so far as to say that no coloured stone is suitable as an engagement jewel, since it might hint at an ‘iffy’ relationship and is far from the classic, undefeatable union represented by the diamond. Obviously, these claims should be taken with a pinch of salt, given what we know of the way diamonds are marketed.
More to the point, purple can be a hard colour to combine with clothing or to accessorize with, especially when compared to other inexpensive stones such as the blue topaz. As such, brides may prefer to choose a topaz or perhaps a pearl, in favour of the low-key, shunned-for-centuries amethyst. Still, for those who are less self-conscious about what type of engagement ring they wear, amethyst engagement rings can be a unique and affordable alternative.