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Amethyst Gemstones

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Amethyst gemstones


Amethyst is a violet variety of the mineral quartz. Other members of the quartz family include citrine and smoky quartz. It has been used in jewelry since ancient Egyptian times, and until the 19th century it was extremely rare and expensive. Now that extensive deposits have been discovered in Brazil and Africa it has become much more affordable.

While the largest deposits of amethyst are in Brazil, there are also substantial quantities found in Africa. African sources for amethyst include Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Burundi. Zambian amethyst is known for its very intense color, though it is frequently more flawed than the stones from other sources. The new source in Burundi is producing some excellent quality stones similar to the finest Brazilian material.

Because amethyst is freely available and inexpensive, it can be cut into any shape imaginable. Amethyst is frequently available in very large sizes. Huge crystals and geodes are sometimes found, such as one in the Smithsonian which weighs a massive 400 pounds.

Amethyst has long been associated with the Christian church. Bishops wore the stone in rings and it was the stone said to be worn by St. Valentine. In the Middle Ages it was considered a stone of royalty and it is found in several pieces of the British crown jewels. It was also a popular gem with the ancient Greeks, being associated with the god of wine, Bacchus. Legend has it that the stone is a talisman against drunkenness. For this reason, it was frequently shaped into drinking vessels.

Amethyst color varies from pale lavender through to intense purple. The darker tones are considered the most valuable color, though the paler stones (called Rose de France amethyst) can also be very beautiful when well cut. Some of the very best amethyst has a hint of red or blue under different lights. Like other quartz varieties, it has good hardness and durability and is excellent value for money. Amethyst from some sources can be heat treated to orange citrine, or irradiated to green.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and one of the zodiac stones for Pisces.

Click on the Stock link at the top of the page to view some of the facetted amethyst we have for sale. We can also cut to order from our rough supply.

Amethyst in rough form

Image of rough amethyst

Ref No: AMm0001

Weight: 5.33ct

Price: USD 66.63

Size: 12.2 x 8.1

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Ref No: AMm0002

Weight: 11.38ct

Price: USD 142.25

Size: AMm0002

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Ref No: AMm0016

Weight: 5.80ct

Price: USD 72.50

Size: 12.4 x 8.0

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Ref No: AMm0020

Weight: 20.2ct

Price: USD 303.00

Size: 20.3 x 14.4 x 10.5

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Ref No: AMm0021

Weight: 10.81ct

Price: USD 108.10

Size: 14.0 x 9.8

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Ref No: AMm0022

Weight: 5.23ct

Price: USD 117.68

Size: 14.9 x 9.4 x 6.8

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Ref No: AMm0019

Weight: 6.13ct

Price: USD 114.94

Size: 11.3 x 10.4 x 7.8

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Ref No: AMm0023

Weight: 10.22ct

Price: USD 153.30

Size: 16.9 x 10.3 x 7.6

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Ref No: AMs0006

Weight: 1.45ct

Price: USD 27.19

Size: 9.6 x 6.7 x 4.8

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Ref No: AMs0007

Weight: 1.96ct

Price: USD 24.50

Size: 9.5 x 7.1 x 4.5

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Ref No: AMs0008

Weight: 1.30ct

Price: USD 32.50

Size: 7.4 x 5.7

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Ref No: AMs0009

Weight: 1.36ct

Price: USD 25.50

Size: 8.6 x 6.6 x 4.6

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Ref No: AMs0013

Weight: 3.15ct

Price: USD 59.06

Size: 10.3 x 6.4

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Ref No: AMs0018

Weight: 4.02ct

Price: USD 50.25

Size: 10.1 x 7.0

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Ref No: AMs0024

Weight: 2.03ct

Price: USD 45.68

Size: 8.4 x 5.5

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Ref No: AMs0025

Weight: 0.79ct

Price: USD 9.88

Size: 6.3 x 4.3

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Ref No: AMs0027

Weight: 3.66ct

Price: USD 54.90

Size: 10 x 7.1

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Ref No: AMs0028

Weight: 3.67ct

Price: USD 55.05

Size: 10.1 x 7.1

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Ref No: AMs0029

Weight: 4.37ct

Price: USD 65.55

Size: 12.2 x 10.1 x 6.4

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Ref No: AMs0030

Weight: 4.21ct

Price: USD 63.15

Size: 12.1 x 10.1 x 6.4

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Ref No: AMs0031

Weight: 0.99ct

Price: USD 14.85

Size: 6.2 x 4.9

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