Amethyst is one of the rare stones that can appear in high jewelry, but can still be found in affordable pieces. It can come in very large stones — we have a gorgeous 98-carat amethyst from Lydia Courteille in our selection — which makes it attractive to designers creating significant pieces. Amethyst comes in a range of colors, from pale lilac to deep violet, and some designers play with the spectrum of colors in their pieces.
This incredible ring from Parisian jewelry Lydia Courteille features an astonishing 98-carat amethyst. The deep purple color is highlighted by a veritable rainbow of fancy-colored sapphires that line the sides of the ring. There are also ruby motifs on each side of the Nuevo Mundo ring.
Lydia Courteille Nuevo Mundo ring in 18K white gold with a 98-carat amethyst, diamond, ruby, and fancy-colored sapphire, price on request, lydiacourteille.com
This show-stopping high-jewelry necklace from Bulgari features nearly 600 carats of amethyst. In classic Bulgari style, the purple beads are accented by even more color, including pink tourmaline, as well as diamond-set gold separators. The front of the necklace features three strands of the stunning amethyst beads, which connect at two carved emeralds in a floral motif.
Bulgari high-jewelry necklace in 18K pink gold with 593.58 carats amethyst, 38.59 carats tourmaline, 15.13 carats emerald, 7.11 carats diamond, price on request, bulgari.com
These beautiful Temptations earrings from Chopard feature oval-, round-, and pear-shaped amethyst. Two large — each over nine carats — amethysts sit in the center of these drop earrings. Round amethyst accented by pink and white diamonds form the outline of the earrings, which lead to two pear-shaped amethyst at the top. We love the contrast of the bold and pale shades of purple.
Chopard Temptations earrings in 18K white gold with 18.98 carats oval-shaped amethyst, 14.16 carats round-shaped amethyst, 2.47 carat pear-shaped amethyst, 2.41 carats diamond, and .80 carats pink diamond, price on request, chopard.com
Thelma West isn’t just a jewelry designer, she’s also a certified gemologist and a gemstone dealer, which means she knows great stones. This stunning amethyst has a vivid hue rarely seen, a prime example of her expertise in sourcing the best and most unique gems. The minimalist design lets the beauty of the stone shine through.
Thelma West Purple Hail necklace in 18K white gold with a 10-carat Zambian amethyst and 1.4 carats diamond, $12,850, thelmawest.com
British jeweler Shaun Leane is known for his sharp, architectural jewelry. Here, two ruby tendrils wrap around a pear-cut amethyst. The tendrils end in sharp points, and the point of the amethyst is emphasized by a bold setting.
Shaun Leane Aurora ring in 18K white gold with amethyst and ruby, $6,600, shaunleane.com
This necklace is instantly recognizable as Boghossian. The jewelry house is known for its Merveilles collection, which sets gemstones with little, if any, visible metal. It’s particularly striking in the Icicle pendant, where the elongated shape tapers to a very fine point.
Boghossian Les Merveilles necklace in 18K rose gold with amethyst, price on request, boghossian.com
These graceful earrings from Fernando Jorge are true to their name: fluid. Jorge expertly transforms hard stones into flowing shapes, giving them an unexpectedly soft appearance. The pear- and marquise-cut amethyst stones are separated by strands of rose gold and brown diamonds.
Fernando Jorge Fluid earrings in 18K rose gold with amethyst and .12 carats brown diamond, $5,000, fernandojorge.co.uk
Larissa Moraes illustrates the beauty and variety of amethyst in her Van Gogh’s Carnations earrings. She mixes light, medium, and dark amethyst in an array of distinct cuts and sizes in an abstract pattern, evoking the beauty of Van Gogh’s iconic flower paintings.
Larissa Moraes Van Gogh’s Carnations earrings in 18K yellow gold with 18.7 carats amethyst and 1.2 carats iolite, $22,000, lamaisoncouture.com
John Hardy mixes amethyst with purple and pink stones, including lava amethyst, rhodolite, and pink sapphire, in the Cahaya drop earrings, and each teardrop is topped with an emerald-cut amethyst. Cahaya means “glowing” in Balinese, the home of John Hardy’s workshops, and these earrings seem to radiate light from the mixed stones.
John Hardy Cahaya earrings in sterling silver with amethyst, lava amethyst, rhodolite, and pink sapphire, $3,500, johnhardy.com