The experts at Pantone have spoken: Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple shade, has been declared Colour of the Year. Described by the colour authority as “complex and contemplative”, the purple hue evokes a sense of richness, vitality and pizzaz, especially when compared to last year’s nature-themed Greenery — a calmer, softer colour. It’s also an eye-catching and versatile shade that we can easily imagine incorporating into our homes and apparel.
If you’re hoping to inject subtle touches of Ultra Violet into your lifestyle without committing to a purple abode or ensemble, we suggest adding it into your accessory stash instead through amethyst jewels. Amethyst is a type of quartz that derives its distinctive violet colour from iron impurities and exposure to radiation, and may come in various shades ranging from light to dark purple.
Its roots go way back to Ancient Egypt, where the Egyptians used it in their jewellery. Amethyst was popular during the Aegean Civilisations too, as the Greeks believed it could prevent drunkenness. Some even wore it as a talisman when they consumed alcohol, or drank out of amethyst cups hoping they could stay sober.
While we can’t promise that wearing amethyst will ward off inebriation, we can certainly vouch for its glam factor. Here are 5 of our favourite amethyst jewels, which range from dramatic statement pieces to elegant designs suitable for everyday wear.
This whimsical Bulgari necklace features amethysts and rubellites shaped in pepperoncini (hot chilli pepper) motifs, and attached to “leaves” of peridots and tourmalines. Round and pavé diamonds are thrown into the mix for extra glitz. This colourful showstopper is part of Bulgari’s Festa high jewellery collection, which is inspired by Italian parties and was launched last year.
American fine jeweller Verdura may be known for its chunky statement cuff bracelets bedecked with colourful gemstones. But it does simple and elegant designs well, too, such as this lovely yellow gold bangle festooned with round-cut amethysts, aquamarines and diamonds encircled in gold.
This lavish brooch by Hong Kong jeweller Wallace Chan is crafted to resemble a butterfly, with a green tsavorite body and hand-carved amethysts forming its wings. The wings are speckled with diamonds and pink sapphires, and fringed with tsavorite details, which make them look even more spectacular. Another remarkable aspect about this jewel is that it can be transformed and worn in eight different ways, such as a bracelet and necklace.
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Timekeeping has never looked more luxurious than this. This marvellously fancy watch from De Grisogono’s Grappoli high jewellery collection is fashioned in pink gold and covered all over with some 70 briolette-cut and 980 round brilliant amethysts — which weigh a total of 60 carats and come in varying hues and shades of purple.