It’s not often that you spot someone wearing an amethyst engagement ring, which makes this stone the ideal option for unconventional brides. The deep violet hue stands out and can have a slightly vintage edge to it, depending on the style of the ring. While they may be far from traditional, amethyst engagement rings will still stand the test of time.
What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is an ancient semi-precious gemstone and a purple variety of quartz. There are many shades of amethyst, ranging from a dark violet color to a light, almost clear purple hue.
Pros and Cons of Amethysts
For many people, the most appealing thing about an amethyst engagement ring over a classic diamond is the bright color. “Yes, we all love diamonds,” says Mason Roberts, founder of Ringagement. “But at the same time, we also love to see something new and beautiful.” The price tag doesn’t hurt either. “The beauty of lure of amethyst is its budget-friendly price tag,” says Madeline Fraser, the founder and CEO of Gemist. “Large amethyst stones are relatively inexpensive.”
The biggest disadvantage is the fact that amethyst isn’t as durable as diamonds. “It’s fairly hard—a 7 on the Mohs Scale, on which a diamond is a 10,” explains Roberts. “But that could be misleading. Mohs created his scale just by ordering common minerals from softest to hardest. Diamonds are literally 10 times harder than amethyst.” Stil, amethyst is strong enough for everyday wear. “It’s plenty hard and durable, and it has a beauty all its own,” says Roberts. “If you’re careful with amethyst, of course, it can last a lifetime. It just couldn’t take the possible punishment that a diamond could,” he adds.
What to Look for in an Amethyst Ring
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? To find a quality stone, Fraser recommends holding it up to the light to see if it’s transparent. “When held up to the light, it should travel completely through the stone,” she says. “Amethysts of high quality should be completely clear and should not have inclusions.” Remember to check the surface to ensure there are no nicks or scratches.
- What stones pair best with amethyst? You should also know which shade you want since these stones can range from very light to very dark. “In general, people prefer dark purple natural amethyst gemstones,” says Roberts. “But it’s entirely up to what you like. You should also ask if they’ve enhanced the color, a common practice with gemstones, to make sure you don’t overpay.”
- What cuts pair best with amethyst rings? Pay attention to the cut as well. “They’ll never sparkle diamonds, and that’s definitely not the point of amethyst,” explains Roberts. “But they should be cut symmetrically, beautifully, evenly, and with proportions that you like.” Lastly, keep in mind that the metal it’s paired with may affect the shade of the stone.
- What metals pair best with amethyst rings? Fraser explains that certain metals will enhance colors. For example, white gold may display more bluish undertones, while a warm metal will magnify the richness of the deep purple.
How to Care for Your Amethyst Ring
Since amethyst isn’t as strong as a diamond, you might not be able to wear it during all of your everyday activities. Roberts warns that amethyst can fade after long exposure to bright light, so avoid leaving it in a sunny window. He also recommends taking your ring off before showering, as the heat can cause the color to fade over time. “Always protect from nicks and daily activity by removing them when in the gym, swimming, and when applying lotions or using cleaning products,” says Fraser. And, when storing and not wearing, keep your amethyst ring away from other gemstones as it can scratch easily.
In terms of cleaning your amethyst ring, Roberts recommends lukewarm water and some soap. “I never recommend using ultrasonic cleaners on any jewelry, even diamonds, since even diamonds can chip if they vibrate against each other,” he adds.
History of Amethyst Gemstones
The deep purple color of amethyst reminded the Ancient Greeks of wine, and so it was named “Amethystos,” the Greek word for “not intoxicated.” In fact, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that amethyst could keep someone from getting drunk, and so they used it to make wine glasses, thinking it would prevent overindulgence. “Medieval soldiers also wore the stone into battle to protect themselves and aid them in staying focused,” explains Fraser.
Scroll through 15 stunning amethyst engagement rings ahead.
Tacori Horizon Shine Amethyst & Diamond Emerald Ring
Amethyst has a more delicate look to it when paired with white gold or sterling silver. This Tacori option features an emerald-cut amethyst sitting horizontally with pavé diamonds lining both ends.
Capucinne Dora Purple Amethyst Engagement Ring
This stunning deep purple amethyst engagement ring is a nice take on a classic design. A large round center amethyst sits in between clusters of small round diamonds, with a slim gold band for the perfect contrast.
Jewelry By Johan Amethyst Engagement Ring with Moissanite Halo & Meteorite
When paired with something unexpected, like a meteorite band, amethyst looks even more unique. This one gets some extra sparkles from the diamond halo.
Blue Nile Cushion-Cut Amethyst Diamond Halo Ring
Amethyst takes the place of a diamond in this traditional style ring. The cushion-cut center stone sits in a pavé diamond halo with a delicate band.
Brilliant Earth Amethyst Fortuna Ring
Go for a more classic engagement ring style with this choice. A cushion-shaped amethyst sits in a diamond halo with a sparkling split shank band.
Blue Nile Round Rose de France Statement Ring
A truly unique style, this cushion-cut amethyst is surrounded on either side by two lighter rose de France stones. The yellow gold band is the perfect finishing touch.
Klenota Amethyst and Diamond Ring in White Gold
This deep purple amethyst stone contrasts nicely with a dazzling diamond halo and a white gold band. It’s a traditional design with some added color.
Juliet & Oliver Nayla Amethyst Engagement Ring
Sometimes simplicity is best. This princess-cut amethyst stone sits on a white gold band dotted with small pavé diamonds.
Audra Amethyst and Twisted Scalloped Pavé Diamonds Ring
A round center amethyst ring looks even more colorful in this diamond setting. The sparkling infinity shank makes one a little more interesting.
Origin Jewelry White Gold Amethyst and Sapphire Ring with Meteorite
Mixing amethyst with other gemstones is a way to add even more color to your ring. More petite sapphires surround this amethyst stone on this one, and the band features a dark meteorite.
Kay Jewelers Le Vian Grape Amethyst Ring
Just because you want a simplistic band doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice having an amethyst. This ring features grape-like stones on the band that acts as a focal point. The band is minimal and hides behind the stones.
Diamondere Claudine Ring
The Claudine ring is entirely customizable. You select the center stone, the accent stones, and the band. The amethyst sits on top of a band with intricate detailing—there are ribbons wrapped around the silhouette that gives the whole ring a romantic look.
Zales Oval Rose de France Amethyst
This oval-shaped amethyst isn't deep in color, but it does complement the rich 14k rose gold band, which has smaller diamonds at the front.
Angara Thin Shank Cushion Cut Amethyst Ring
The cushion-cut amethyst is held in place by a claw prong setting. Small diamonds line the band and the stone to add extra brilliance. The thinner band makes the amethyst the main focus, while remaining elegant.
Holy Land Jewelry Lavender Amethyst Ring
This cocktail ring shows off the amethyst that is surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamond-like groups. You get to choose the band—this customization allows you to match the metal to the shade of jewelry you wear the most. This ring is also great for layering and stacking if you plan to build a stack with your engagement ring.
Meet the Expert
- Mason Roberts is the founder of Ringagement, an online platform providing guidance to anyone shopping for an engagement ring.
- Madeline Fraser is the founder and CEO of the try-before-you-buy jewelry site and app Gemist.