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Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #148
Design : Trouble With Tribbles (J. Rowland / Robert W. Strickland)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.25 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10.3 x 10.3 x 6.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very smart little amethyst which shows the wonderful rich colours that this material from Uruguay is known for. It is eye clean and has an interesting and well placed zone that is clear of colour. Its not huge or anything, rather it's shaped like a "V" and when the gemstone is pointed downwards it looks like a mask with the zone making the eye slits. I think this zone (or rather the orientation of it) will need to be taken into account when setting it. It doesn't really show up in the pictures unfortunately. A very fine gem.

Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #148

 

Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2014
Item : #733
Design : Majestic (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.5 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10.8x10.8x9.5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very impressive amethyst with a colour to die for. It is an all round stunning gemstone... the cut, the polish, the colour, everything about this gem is top shelf. It will make a standout piece of jewellery which will make heads turn. A superb amethyst.

Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733
Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733
Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733
Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733
Amethyst, Majestic, Uruguay, #733

 

Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
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Stone : Amethyst
Item : #c44
Design : Concave Trillion
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 10 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 15 x 15 x 10 mm
Price : SOLD

An exceptionally fine amethyst gem. This is a good stone, nice colour and excellent performance. It is a big stone and would look incredible set in yellow gold. As a ring stone it would be dynamite, really something to see. A top amethyst gem.

Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c44

 

Amethyst, Utopia Pear, Brazil, #693
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2014
Item : #693
Design : Utopia Pear
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.3 Carat
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8.9x12.7x8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A magnificent amethyst cut in one of my favorite designs, the Utopia Pear. This is a truly devine gem, the colour is simply amazing and perfectly complements the wonderful lines of this design. An ideal combination and represents just what bespoke gems is all about.

Amethyst, Utopia Pear, Brazil, #693
Amethyst, Utopia Pear, Brazil, #693
Amethyst, Utopia Pear, Brazil, #693
Amethyst, Utopia Pear, Brazil, #693

 

Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
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Stone : Amethyst
Item : #c40
Design : Concave Trillion
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.3 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12 x 12 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This gem is an exceptional stone and is a very fine amethyst. It is nice and clean and the colours rich and velvety. It is well cut in a concave trillion design, with a nice starburst effect. A beautiful amethyst gem of top colour.

Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40
Amethyst, Concave Trillion Cut, Brazil, #c40

 

Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
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Stone : Amethyst
Item : #c42
Design : Concave Fan
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.2 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 16 x 12 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

This is a stunning amethyst form Brazil, fascinatingly cut in a concave fan design. The colours are beautiful and the gem is very lively and fresh. It is nice, clean and bright.

Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42
Amethyst, Concave Fan Cut, Brazil, #c42

 

Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
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Stone : Amethyst
Item : #c39
Design : Concave Rectangle
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.6 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8 x 10 x 5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A nice rectangle shaped amethyst that has been concave cut. The gem presents well and would make a fine ring stone. It is colour zoned with one end lighter then the other to interesting affect.

Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39
Amethyst, Concave Rectangle Cut, Brazil, #c39

 

Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
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Stone : Zircon and Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #579
Design : Round Brilliant, Antique Round 1910
Origin : Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.3, 2.8, 2, 1.4 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8, 7, 7, 7.7 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Here is a fine suite of Australian Gemstones. There are three champagne zircons from "The Mud Tank" out at Harts Ranges in Central Australia, and a beautiful amethyst from Binbee, a small area near Bowen in Queensland. They are all superb gems, nice and clean, bright and colourful. The amethyst is very fine, a nice medium saturation with lots of subtle colours. Very fine gems.

Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579
Zircon and Amethyst, Round Brilliant, Harts Ranges, Northern Territory and Binbee, Queensland, Australia, #579

 

Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #526
Design : Phi Flower Dome (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 6.1 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12x12x8.7 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : The Phi Flower Dome design makes this amethyst really something special. It is a beautiful colour and the saturation is just right for this design. A very fine amethyst gemstone.

Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526
Amethyst, Phi Flower Dome, Brazil, #526

 

Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #529
Design : Tuts Pyramid
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.3 carats each
Clarity : Very Slightly Included / Eye Clean
Size : 8x8x6.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a very fine matched pair of amethysts. They have been cut in a modern design called Tut's Pyramid. This pair would make great earrings. Beautiful gems.

Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529
Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529
Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529
Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529
Amethyst, Tuts Pyramid, Brazil, #529

 

Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #477
Design : Origami Star (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.2 carats
Clarity : Very Very Slightly Included / Eye Clean
Size : 16 x 14 x 9.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : An exceptional Uruguayan amethyst of top colour. This is a stunning gem and I think it would make a fantastic pendant. I very much like the shape and style of this design and it always cuts a beautiful gemstone. Find a creative and imaginative jeweller who can really do justice to this stone and I think you'll end up with something truly special and unique. There is just the tiniest little veil which is very hard to see but otherwise the gem is nice and clean. Stunning!

Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477
Amethyst, Origami Star, Uruguay, #477

 

Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Pakistan, #466
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #466
Design : Phi Flower Dome (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.3 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 9 x 9 x 5.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very striking amethyst from Nigeria that is cut in my Phi Flower Dome. The colours are a nice pinkish-violet, violet, purple combination and looks very nice.

Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Pakistan, #466
Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Pakistan, #466
Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Pakistan, #466
Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Pakistan, #466

 

Amethyst, Asscher, Africa, #442
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #442
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 4.5 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A beautiful Amethyst gemstone cut in the Asscher design.

Amethyst, Asscher, Africa, #442
Amethyst, Asscher, Africa, #442
Amethyst, Asscher, Africa, #442
Amethyst, Asscher, Africa, #442

 

Amethyst, Supernova, Africa, #438
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #438
Design : Supernova (Robert Long)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.3 carats each
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 6 x 8 x 5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A matching triplet of Amethyst gemstones cut in the Supernova design.

Amethyst, Supernova, Africa, #438
Amethyst, Supernova, Africa, #438
Amethyst, Supernova, Africa, #438
Amethyst, Supernova, Africa, #438

 

Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Africa, #422
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #422
Design : Victoria Regent Cut (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.9 carats each
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7.8 x 7.8 x 5.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A matching triplet of Amethyst gemstones cut in the Victoria Regent design.

Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Africa, #422
Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Africa, #422
Amethyst, Victoria Regent, Africa, #422

 

Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
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Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #151
Design : Trouble With Tribbles (J. Rowland / Robert W. Strickland)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 6.5 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 13mm X 13mm X 8mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : If you after after a good large dark amethyst from Uruguay, this is the one for you. This is a nice large stone. It has several small veil inclusions in one corner which are very hard to spot and would mostly likely be hidden by the setting. It is predominately deep blues and purples and violet pink flashes. Overall a very impressive gem.

The outdoor pics where taken in shaded/dappled sunlight... the amethyst positively glows!


Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #151

 

Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
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Stone : Amethyst (Matched Pair)
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #343
Design : Sunflare (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.9 carats each
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 11 x 11 x 7 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a gorgeous, rich and sultry pair of amethysts from Uruguay. These gems are representative of the finest colour that Uruguayan amethyst is famous for. They are cut in my bright and flashy Sunflare design and will fit any standard setting. These gems are dark and have those rich velvety violet/purple/indigo flashes of colour. They would be mindblowing set in gold and would make a totally fabulous pair of earrings. One of the stones is a touch darker then the other and both are eye clean. An exceptionally fine pair of round Uruguayan amethysts!

Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343
Amethyst, Sunflare, Uruguay, #343

 

Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #153
Design : Bicentenial Brilliant (Evan Williams)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.06 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fine rich amethyst from Uruguay.

Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153
Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153
Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153
Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153
Amethyst, Bicentenial Brilliant, #153

 

Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #214
Design : Flanders Brilliant
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.8 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 11 x 11 x 8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A gorgeous Uruguayan amethyst with deep rich purple/pink and blue tones.

Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214
Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214
Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214
Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214
Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214
Amethyst, Flanders Brilliant, #214

 

Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #270
Design : Mini Mint (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.5 carats each
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7 x 7 x 5.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A fine matched pair of Nigerian amethysts. This is lovely bright material and cuts a very lively gemstone. There is excellent dispersion and lots of action.

Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270
Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270
Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270
Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270
Amethyst, Mini Mint, Nigeria, #270

 

Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #219
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.6 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8 x 8 x 7 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A classic Uruguayan amethyst asscher cut gemstone. There are the beautiful violet/purple/pink colours which this amethyst is famous for. A very lovely asscher cut amethyst gemstone.

Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219
Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219
Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219
Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219
Uruguayan Amethyst, Asscher Cut, #219

 

Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #218
Design : Origami Star (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 13.9 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 16.3 x 18.8 x 12mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is one of the most beautiful and finest amethyst that I have cut. It is flawless and the colour excellent. The design is unique and eyecatching. It truly does look like a paper origami star the way the patterns are big, bold and sharp. The colour tones are wonderful to behold. Overall, quite an exceptional gem.

Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218
Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218
Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218
Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218
Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218
Uruguay Amethyst, Origami Star, #218

 

Amethyst, Brilliant Pear, #38

Stone : Amethyst
More Info Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #38
Design : Brilliant Pear (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.13 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 11.5mm X 13.5mm X 12.25mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A stunning gem - a beautiful amethyst! Flashes of spectacular rich purples, indigo, grape, a wonderful pinkish violet. Velvety. A very sweet stone. Strong colours, the sort of stone that becomes a family heirloom, handed down generations. Would make a beautiful pendant set in a simple gold setting.

See this gemstone being cut.

Amethyst, Brilliant Pear, #38
Amethyst, Brilliant Pear, #38
Amethyst, Brilliant Pear, #38

 

Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #80
Design : Under The Dome - Part 1 (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 16.7 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 12.5mm X 17mm X 13mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a totally awesome amethyst! Its huge and it means business. There is alot of action going on in this gemstone with deep velvety purples and flashes of indigo and red. The design is one I created specifically for this particular piece of amethyst and I envisage it being set in a big and bold chunky men's gold ring. It is a deep cut in an oval shape with a high-top dome. It would be VERY impressive indeed and nothing less would do! You should see it at nighttime... it is breath-taking and simply stunning. You could look at it for hours. The deep cut also adds something special and creates a very interesting "depth-perception" sort of effect... don't really know how to put it into words... you simply have to see it to believe it. This stone is totally unique... it is certainly not something you see everyday. The photos do not in anyway do justice to the gem and the colours. There is a very slight veil which is not noticeable face up... other then that, perfect!

Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80
Amethyst, Under The Dome - Part 1, #80

 

Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #103

Stone : Amethyst
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #103
Design : Trouble With Tribbles (J. Rowland / Robert W. Strickland)
Origin : Brazil
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.9 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 15mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A wonderful amethyst from Brazil. Not overly dark, good flash. Make a great pendant.

Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #103
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #103
Amethyst, Trouble With Tribbles, #103

 

Amethyst, Utopia Pear, #41

Stone : Amethyst
More Info Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #41
Design : Utopia Pear (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Uruguay
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.43 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 14mm X 9.5mm X 8.5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a lovely gemstone in a very elegant design which you will rarely come across. It has a classic shape and will make a wonderful ring. The colour tone is good and not overly saturated. There are the vivid flashes of rich purple, indigo, pinkish-purple and more which are characteristic of amethyst from Uruguay. This is a first class stone and finely cut. There is the tiniest of feather veils on one of the edges just on the inside of the girdle and is difficult to see. It is not noticeable when the stone is viewed face up and would be hidden once the stone is set.

See this gemstone being cut.

Amethyst, Utopia Pear, #41
Amethyst, Utopia Pear, #41
Amethyst, Utopia Pear, #41

 



Information For precious and semi precious gemstones

Stone : Amethyst
Moh's Hardness : 7
Origin Locations : Minas Gerais, Brazil; Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Africa; Sir Lanka, Madagascar; Russia; Mexico; Canada; Binbee near Bowen, QLD, Kuridala QLD, Australia
Treatments : None, Heating
Clarity : Eye Clean to Included
Color : Various shades of violet, pale red-violet, purple. See a colour chart for amethyst here.
Cleavage : None
Crystal System : (Trigonal), hexagonal prisms
Chemical Composition : SiO2 - silicon dioxide
Refractive Index (RI) : 1.544 - 1.553
Density : 2.65
Birthstones : Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
Amethyst is the ayurvedic birthstone for February.
Amethyst is the zodiac stone for Pisces.
Amethyst is the stone for the 6th anniversary.

Comments : Amethyst is instantly recognisable for its lovely violet and purple colors and has long been used in jewelry. It is perhaps the most valuable stone in the quartz family. The name is believed to come from the Greek meaning "not drunken" and was indeed used as an amulet against drunkeness. In past times and even today, amethyst is a favorite gemstone within the christian church, being worn by priests and officals in rings. Historically, amethyst was much rarer then it is today and was highly regarded and valued and considered to be a very precious gem along side emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Today, large deposits are known and this has made it very attainable.

Amethyst is found in many places but some of the best comes from Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia. The amethyst from each location can be quite distinct and recognisable, for example, top Uruguayan amethyst is very highly saturated and has strong blue-purple colors. Some stunning stone called "Siberian" amethyst came from Russia but the deposits have long since been mined out. This particular siberian amethyst had red tones and the name is now (probably too often and incorrectly) used for amethyst that has similar red-purple tones. The term is applied perhaps a little too liberally these days in the market place.

Amethyst is usually found as crystals, either loose or in geodes. These geodes are like hollow rocks with the inside being coated in amethyst crystals. Some of these geodes can attain sizes as big as watermelons and even as big as a person! They are cut in halves and the crystals removed if they are found to be of good facet grade. These geodes are often used as displays and are absolutely beautiful glittering in the candlelight. High quality amethyst facet rough is becoming expensive as costs of mining goes up.

Amethyst can also be heat treated at around 878-1382 degrees F to improve colour or change the colour completely to yellow (citrine), red-brown and even green. The coloring agent in amethyst is iron.

 

 

 

 

 

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