Amethyst, February’s birthstone, can be special no matter its size, especially when incorporated into impressive designs. But because it is generally a modestly priced stone, it has the advantage of being more accessible in larger carat sizes for those who want a big look (according to GIA, price per carat does not rise dramatically with larger size when it comes to amethyst).
The average April baby, for example, may be accustomed to receiving a small pair of diamond studs or a pendant for a birthday gift, but one born in February could just as likely have a collection of cocktail rings, dangling earrings, and beaded necklaces.
Of course, those are two very different stones. But these scenarios could easily influence one’s personal style, taking someone from sleek minimalist to colorful maximalist in a flash.
Maximalism is, if recent runways are to be followed, very of the moment. We’ve spent a good many years collecting petite pieces to mix and match, curating our life’s moments and personalities into these tiny treasures. And while I don’t think that’s anywhere near changing—such jewels are timeless—it’s high time to sprinkle in some larger-than-life looks.
And so, we have February’s amethyst. A gem that loves to be big and bold.
Top: Bracelet with amethyst, clear quartz, and turquoise, $726; Bounkit