February’s birthstone offers more than a long line of legend when it comes to interior design. Here’s how amethyst purple can transform your space.
The purple quartz is found almost everywhere on Earth. In fact, it is the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust!* It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it one of the more affordable gemstones on the market. So you don’t have to wait 6 or 17 years of marriage to receive the traditional anniversary gift… 😉
This wasn’t always the case though. Amethysts date as far back as 2000BC and were worn all throughout history. Amethyst represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament of the Bible. The clergy wore it exclusively, and it symbolised royalty in the Middle Ages, and was also the decorative feature for English regalia.
Even Saint Valentine wore an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid, according to some historical accounts. Leonardo da Vinci was a fan too, believing the gem quickened intelligence.
For many years, the amethyst was valued as highly as the diamond! As time went on, the discovery of amethysts became more popular and accessible for the rest of society.
*According to the American Gem Society. Read more here.
How to Style with Amethyst Purples
The colour of the amethyst is particularly special because it complements both warm and cool colours, which is why it is common to find the gem set in both silver and gold jewellery.
With a spectrum from lavender to violet to wine hues, amethyst purples bring a point of difference to their environment. Mostly, they work wonders in blending other colours – the amethyst creates harmony.
In a bohemian setting, purple tones down the reds, oranges and golds. For contemporary settings, purple contrasts monochromes for an ultramodern look. In retro settings, purple adds vintage character, especially when found in patterns.
On its own, amethyst purple can be quite overwhelming, so unless you’re completely convinced, don’t start splashing it all over your walls. Instead, trickle it in and don’t be afraid to partner it with other colours.
Lavender is divine when paired with other pastels, and is perfect for a relaxed setting. Purple goes well with pink for a feminine theme, and deep wine complements emerald green for a masculine look.