The Lilac Dreams pendant features a 14 carat lilac colored trillion cut amethyst surrounded by a starburst pattern of granulation and finished in an overlay of rose gold. The stone is set upside down, or in the “sugarloaf orientation” to show the beautiful faceting of the under side. The bail features a bright white cubic zirconia and granulation.
14ct lilac colored Amethyst
Round Swarovski Cubic Zirconia
Metal: Argentium silver with a rose gold overlay
Faceted lilac Amethyst beads
Length: 18.25 inches
Amethyst History & Lore
Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication—amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today, as the most valued quartz variety, amethyst is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike, and its purple to pastel hues retain wide consumer appeal.
Because of its wine-like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs. Because amethyst was associated with wine, it was believed that wearing amethyst prevented drunkeness.
Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the emblems of the twelve apostles. It is the gem for the 6th & 17th wedding anniversaries.
St Valentine, the patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.