Amethyst Gemstones

Amethyst is another very affordable gemstone perfect for jewellery making. Amethyst is actually part of the quartz group of gemstones. Amethyst gemstones are beautifully coloured, and come in a wide range of purple, from light lavender, to lilac, through to violet and deep purple. As a general rule, a deep purple colour will be more sought after than a pale lilac stone.

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About Amethyst

Amethyst is a crystalline quartz that is a shade or purple or lilac. It is considered one of the most affordable of the beautiful gemstones, yet has been used in elegant jewellery making for centuries, and was especially popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One important aspect of its beauty is that it is partly dichroic. This means that, when viewed from different angles, the colour can change slightly to become more blue or red. Some of the most sought after Amethyst comes from Russia, especially the deeper purple stones, referred to as Siberian.

Amethyst Gemstone

Typical Amethyst Uses

Amethyst is the birthstone of February. It is associated with peace, stability and good health. Anethyst is also thought to bring the wearer a sober and serious mind, and ward against drunkeness. This may have been a reason it was very popular with the Victorians! A quality amethyst gemstone will usually be faceted (cut) in a mixed cut style, or perhaps a rectangular "baguette". Lower quality stones may be tumbled and used as beads. Lighter coloured amethyst is cheaper, but the light colour needn't be a disadvantage in jewellery. If a lighter coloured amethyst stone is well placed in a closed setting, or set on a darker material, the stone will reveal extra depth and beauty.

Amethyst Jewellery

Amethyst has been used in making beautiful jewellery for centuries. It is fashionable these days to use amethyst set in silver, with the violet stones sometimes used alongside gemstones of a contrasting colour, such as green.

Amethyst jewellery can look truly beautiful. It is the birthstone for February, and makes a perfect gift for anyone born in that month.

Amethyst Occurrences and Origins

As mentioned above, the most sought after amethyst comes from Russia, particularly because they have a reddish tone to them. Amethyst is also found in Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, parts of Africa such as Zambia and Namibia, and also Australia.

Amethyst Gemstones