From faint lilac to deep purple, amethysts are known for their alluring hues. They’re the most prized stones of the quartz family, and it’s their colour that sets them apart.
Origin & Supply of Amethyst
It is said that amethyst is derived from the Greek word ‘amethustos’, which means ‘not intoxicated’. It was believed that people who wore amethysts wouldn’t suffer from hangovers. Currently, the main sources of amethysts are Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, South Korea and the US.
Amethysts have a hardness that rates 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning they are durable and well suited to jewellery. Amethysts are quartz crystals, and they contain pointed formations called ‘amethyst cathedrals’, which give the stones their brilliance (once cut and polished). In their rough form they are called amethyst geodes, and these are often used as ornaments.
One of the most favoured of non-precious gemstones, amethysts present such a superbly rich purple hue that they are simply a must-have for any jewellery fan. These beautiful gems are both entrancing and enticing, while at the same time being refreshingly affordable.
|Colour||Purple, Lilac, Mauve|
|Sources||Brazil, Russia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, and USA|
Amethyst Buyers Tips
- Because amethysts are in plentiful supply on earth, their valuation rests on colour rather than on size – the deeper a stone’s purple as its primary colour, the higher the price tag.
- When buying amethysts, look for a deeply rich and uniform purple hue.
- Do not overexpose an amethyst to sunlight as this can cause its tone to fade.