Amethysts are the birthstone for February. Also associated with February is Valentine’s Day’s, which we associate with love and hearts, so it is a good opportunity to showcase some lovely pieces of heart-shaped amethyst.  Amethyst is a lovely gemstone, with colours ranging from a soft purple to a vibrant deep purple. The gemstone has been used in jewellery for thousands of years, from the early Eygptians, Romans and Greeks onwards.

The pendant/charm shown at the top of this post is double-sided, comprising a gold heart, with a heart-shaped amethyst set into  each side. The amethyst has a border of wirework rings and the whole pendant has a border of small pearls. As you can see below, the pendant is attached to a gold triple link oval belcher bracelet, with the links in polished and textured gold, with a slide clasp.

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Vintage gold bracelet with heart shaped pendant set with amethysts on each side (in Navette on Ruby Lane_

The next amethyst heart is a large facetted one in the form of a pendant. It is surmounted by a gold crown and each side of the pendant is set with a small pearl.  The heart and crown refer to Scottish luckenbooth love tokens dating back to the 17th century. The heart represents love while the crown represents loyalty. A 9ct chain with Figaro links comes with the pendant.

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Vintage pendant with large facetted amethyst, topped with a gold crown (in Navette in Ruby Lane)

The heart-shaped amethyst set on a bar brooch is a little stunner. It is an lovely dark purple, about 10 carats, in size, and is set on an 18ct bar.

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Antique heart-shaped amethyst gold bar brooch (in NavetteJewellery on Etsy)