Amethyst

Amethyst

 

 


The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class rings.

Purple variety of the mineral quartz, often forms large, six-sided crystals. Fine velvety-colored gems come from African and South American mines. In demand for jewelry at all price points.

BIRTHSTONE: February


 

 

Gemstones Amethyst Bracelet

Overview

Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered. It was believed to prevent intoxication—amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Today, as the most valued quartz variety, amethyst is in demand for designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike, and its purple to pastel hues retain wide consumer appeal.

Gemstones Amethyst EarringGemstones Amethyst Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

St. Valentine

Leonardo Da Vinci

164 Pounds

The patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
The artist wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.
Single amethyst crystals can be huge: the GIA Museum displayed a doubly terminated crystal that weighed 164 pounds.

 


 

quality factors

Assessment of the following characteristics determines amethyst’s value.

 

color

Amethyst Color Diamond

The finest amethyst color is strong reddish purple to purple with no visible color zoning.

clarity

Amethyst Clarity Diamond

Most amethyst doesn’t have inclusions you can see without magnification.

cut

Amethyst Cut Diamond

Amethyst is cut into a variety of standard calibrated shapes, including rounds and ovals.

carat weight

Amethyst Carat Weight

Amethyst is available in all size ranges for setting into a variety of jewelry styles.

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