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Amethyst Engagement Ring Guide

With its enigmatic, rich purple tones, amethyst has been a well-known and beloved gemstone throughout history. This gemstone has been a favorite amongst monarchs for centuries, even serving as a symbol of royalty during the Renaissance.

History & Mythology of Amethyst

Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst evoked a striking resemblance to wine with its deep, violet hues attributing to the origins of its name. Also considered a stone of healing and protection, amethyst was worn by medieval soldiers to guard against danger as they went into battle.
A large cushion cut amethyst engagement ring in a white gold setting
Thomas Bresson from Belfort, France, CC BY 2.0
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Mineral: Quartz 

Origins: Africa, South America 

Symbols: Wealth, Healing, Spirituality 

Properties: Balance, Peace 

Durability: 7


Heated to improve color 


Basic Gemstone Care 



Pink Sapphire 

Rose Quartz
An amethyst gemstone in unpolished crystal form

What Does an Amethyst Engagement Ring Symbolize?

Today, amethyst is believed to enhance intelligence and wisdom, shield its wearer from evil thoughts and promote positive and pleasant dreams. An extraordinary choice for an engagement ring, this gorgeous gemstone portrays an expression of love, life-long harmony and commitment. 

What to Look for in an Amethyst Engagement Ring

An exquisite alternative to diamond engagement rings, amethyst is a sublime choice for those who dare to stand out with a uniquely majestic style. This gemstone is sure to capture your heart once you encounter its mesmerizing, luminous glow. As you explore amethyst engagement rings to find your forever ring, here are some things to take note of.


A gemstone’s color is a crucial factor of consideration for engagement ring buyers. The striking amethyst is known for its deep purple tones, featuring a range of lighter, more translucent variations, to ravishing reddish purple shades of violet and darker tones. The more intense and vibrant its saturation of color, the more prized and valued an amethyst is. 


A gemstone’s cut accentuates its overall luminosity and richness of color. When searching for your ideal amethyst engagement ring, look for indications of a well-executed cut that features symmetry and consistency in color with no visible inclusions. Amethyst should be faceted in a manner that allows light to easily travel through the stone and refract back out. 


The shape of a gemstone plays a key role in displaying its mesmerizing beauty and radiance. While amethyst is dazzling in a variety of shapes, more popular shapes for amethysts include round, oval, pear, emerald, triangle, marquise and cushion. Emerald cut is especially desired for larger cuts of amethyst, revealing the vivid depths of color within the stone. 


A variety of metal settings will beautifully elevate the elegance of your amethyst engagement ring. Cooler toned metals such as white gold, silver or platinum will enhance the bluish tones in amethyst for a look that exudes a modern, yet timeless, appeal. Warmer toned metals like rose gold or yellow gold highlight the vibrancy of the amethyst’s purple color, creating a dreamy allure that evokes vintage-style qualities.


Amethyst has a rating of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it’s resilient enough for everyday wear and a fine choice for engagement rings. While it’s more durable than some other gemstones, it’s still important to take proper care of your amethyst engagement ring to ensure it maintains its brilliant sparkle for decades to come.
The Moh's hardness scale showing opal at 5, emerald at 7.5, topaz at 8, ruby at 9, and diamond at 10


The ring setting ensures the gemstone stays secured in place while highlighting its sparkle and distinctive beauty. Because of amethyst’s durability, many different setting options, such as bezel or prong settings, will nicely complement the gemstone while also keeping it secured. 

Accent Diamonds or Gemstones

Create a majestic expression of the love between you and your partner that displays your personal style with various accent designs. While amethyst creates a regal statement on its own in a solitaire setting, you can also consider adding a halo of diamonds to emphasize its luminosity. For even more shimmer, add a pavé diamond band to boost your amethyst’s luster and brilliance. 

 Amethyst, with its intense purple tones, pairs beautifully with other colored gemstones, such as blue topaz, for a stunning alternative to clear stone accents. For a more stark contrast, choose ruby stone accents to enhance the vibrancy of amethyst’s purple tones.


Capture a look that symbolizes the special bond between you and your partner and showcases your personal style. For a simple and sophisticated look, consider an emerald cut amethyst solitaire set on a gleaming gold band, or show off an amethyst enhanced by baguette diamonds on either side for a bold and eye-catching style statement. 

 For a more vintage-style appeal, choose an amethyst centerstone against a split-shank rose gold band studded with pavé diamonds. Alternatively, display your one-of-a-kind aesthetic with a mesmerizing, two-toned pear shaped amethyst center stone set in gold. 


Amethyst Engagement Ring Buying Tips

Serving as a romantic representation of the love and commitment between you and your partner, an engagement ring is a major purchase with profoundly deep meaning. It’s our desire to help you choose an engagement ring help you find one you will treasure forever. 

 As you search for your amethyst engagement ring, here are some characteristics to keep in mind.

Know Your Budget - Determine your engagement ring budget before you begin shopping. More richly saturated variations of amethyst are more highly prized and expensive than translucent forms of amethyst, which are just as elegant
Know Your Ring Size - An engagement ring is a keepsake you will cherish and wear forever, so it’s important you determine your ring size prior to making your purchase to ensure your amethyst engagement ring fits comfortably.
Understand the Care Your Amethyst Needs - While amethyst is durable and resilient, you still need to take precautions and use proper gemstone care and cleaning techniques so it maintains its glorious shine for years to come.
Consider Personalizing Your Ring - Elevate the beauty of your amethyst engagement ring while capturing the look of your dreams with personalizations such as an engraving, colored gemstone accents or a mixed-metal band that speaks to your individual style.
Choose a Reputable Retailer - It’s imperative you find a trustworthy retailer to be certain you’re getting the highest quality selection of gemstones and service. Indications of a reputable retailer are in-deth product descriptions and a fair return policy.     

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