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Learn More About Amethyst

Amethyst, the February Birthstone

Amethyst is a crystalline quartz, ranging in color from pale lilac to deep reddish purple with a hardness of 7 on Mohs scale.

It is an oxide mineral with crystals that form a six-sided prism that is formed in the earth’s crust, nestled in liquid deposits that are rich in silica, and occur in gas cavities in lava.

 

Amethyst geode

Photo credit: Steven Bookbinder

 

How to Buy Good Amethysts?

Used in ancient times by Royalty, fine quality Amethysts are affordable and abundant.  

But how do you know that you are buying the right amethyst for your Amethyst pendant, necklace or Amethyst earrings? There are so many types of Amethysts, so many shades and shapes of the stone that may intimidate any buyer. To choose the right one, here is a little background to help you.

 

Why buy Amethyst?

If folklore is to be believed, Amethyst is a gem that brings tranquillity to your mind. Wearing an Amethyst necklace or any other jewelry made with Amethyst is associated with enhancing spirituality and learning to be content with life.

For February babies, Amethyst is simply a birthstone.

That is why Amethyst jewelry, including Amethyst necklaces, pendants and Amethyst earrings are popular birthday gifts in February.

The purple Quartz is also popular among couples celebrating their sixth and seventeenth anniversaries.

 

How to find the right Amethyst?

Amethyst jewelry is beautiful and unique. If you want to find the right stone, simply follow the steps below:

  1.  Look for the Right Color

Value for amethysts depends on its color. Siberian mines produced the finest Amethyst gemstones, with its rich purple color that glowed with red and blue flashes. 

However, today the term “Siberian” has become a trade grade term referring to colors similar to those of the amethysts mined in Siberia and commands the highest prices.

Color and shade are very important factors to consider when selecting an Amethyst.

Darker shades of purple demand better prices than lighter ones because they are considered to be of higher quality.

When buying Amethyst earrings or other Amethyst jewelry, look at the shade under the sun (artificial light distorts the appearance of the gem). 

Different stores stock different types of Amethyst, divided into three classes (AAA, AA, and A), from the most valuable to the least.

 

  2.  Check for inclusions

Natural inclusions on the inside of each Amethyst gemstone make it less valuable. 

However, I must admit, I love designing with the more affordable lighter shades of Amethysts and featuring its natural inclusions.

These natural inclusions are celebrated in these beautiful designs. With so many synthetic Amethysts available in the market, these natural inclusions are your certificate of authenticity and proof that it was naturally created by our beautiful Mother Earth!

 

 natural amethyst

Shop for more Amethysts designs with natural inclusions

  3. Look at the Shape

Amethyst is versatile, so just keep looking until you find a piece with the shape, color, and clarity that you want in your jewelry.

If you are looking for Amethyst Sterling Silver genuine gemstone jewelry, ASHANTI Jewels offers a large selection of online handmade jewelry to select from.

We have unique drop style dangle earrings made from Amethyst or a combination of Amethyst and other gemstones.

Shop ASHANTI handmade Amethyst necklaces and pendants to complement those earrings!

Although Siberian ranks highest in the value, light-colored amethyst are very popular. The lighter, pinkish lilac, violet shades are called “Rose de France” or "Pink Amethyst"

 

  • Name: Amethyst
  • Is a Variety of: Quartz
  • Crystallography: Hexagonal
  • Refractive Index: 1.544 – 1.553
  • Colors: Pale lilac to deep reddish purple
  • Luster: Vitreous
  • Polish Luster: Vitreous
  • Fracture Luster: Vitreous
  • Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
  • Hardness: 7
  • Toughness: Good
  • Specific Gravity: 2.651
  • Birefringence: 0.009
  • Cleavage: None or indistinct
  • Dispersion: 0.013
  • Heat Sensitivity: No
  • Luminescence: Inert to weak blue in SW. Inert in LW.
  • Wearability: Very Good
  • Enhancements: Amethyst can be heat treated to improve the color or change it to citrine. 
  • Transparency: Transparent to translucent
  • Absorption Spectrum: 550-520 nm
  • Birthstone: February
  • Formula: SiO2
  • Pleochroism: Weak to moderate, purple and reddish purple.
  • Optics: o = 1.544; e = 1.553 (very constant). Uniaxial (+)
  • Occurrence: Generally in pegmatites and veins. Found in geodes in alluvial deposits.
  • Inclusions: Prismatic crystals and negative cavities, thumbprint marks, so-called rippled fractures, and twinning lines.
  • Etymology: From the Ancient Greek amethystos, meaning “not drunk.” It was believed you could drink all night and remain sober if you had an amethyst in your mouth.

 

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