Amethyst, the birthstone for February, occurs in hues ranging from deep purple to pale bluish-violet to lilac or mauve. This gemstone derives its name from the Greek word amethystos, which means sober, as the ancient Greeks believed the stone would guard against intoxication. Once as costly as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, amethysts have been set in religious and royal crown jewels for centuries.
Purple is the color associated with royalty. It symbolizes nobility, spirituality, and prosperity. Color psychologists suggest that we wear purple to convey an air of mystery, wisdom, and trust. However, they warn that too much purple makes one appear pretentious and artificial.
To inspire you to wear just the right amount of this royal hue, I’ve styled three off-duty outfits with fun accessories that include pieces from the TruFaux Jewels boutique. As a bonus at the end, I’ve included snapshots of three on-duty outfits adorned with more jewels from my February Birthstone collection.
How to Wear It
1. The v-neck of a sweater, blouse, or tee shirt is the perfect place to show off a necklace with a drop or pendant. You’ll want the pendant to fall above your neckline. This example features my Amethyst Molded Glass Art Deco Necklace with Drop. Simple sterling hoops or studs are the perfect earring accompaniment.
2. My Amethyst & Sterling Flower 1940s Bracelet adds color, texture, and shine to a jeans, tee shirt, and sweater outfit like this one. Just roll back your sleeves to show off your jewel. Add simple stud earrings in amethyst or sterling, or wear silver hoops to complete your accessories.
3. This outfit is so colorful that it needs only my Amethyst & Filigree Art Deco Earrings as the finishing touch. These earrings, which can be modified for pierced ears, are part of a set that includes a matching pendant.
For More Inspiration
Here are three on-duty outfits, each adorned with amethyst pieces from the TruFaux Jewels boutique.
Simply Dressed features a dress with a v-neck long enough to showcase my Amethyst Art Deco Lariat Necklace. It is open-ended and 20 inches long. You can tie the necklace so that the briolettes are the same length or show one longer than the other.
Easy Style shows the same necklace along with my Amethyst & Sterling Art Deco Bracelet. From the 1930s, this piece is lavender in hue and very elegant.
Trendy Tweed’s accessories include my Amethyst & Pearl Art Deco Drop Earrings. They are from the 1920s, are 2 3/8” long, and can be modified for pierced ears.