Amethyst

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

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

 

ABOUT AMETHYST

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.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

ST. VALENTINE

The patron of romantic love wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.

LEONARDO DA VINCI

The artist wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.

164 POUNDS

Single amethyst crystals can be huge: the GIA Museum displayed a doubly terminated crystal that weighed 164 pounds.

 

GEODES

In gem localities like Brazil, amethyst sometimes forms in hollow, crystal-lined geodes so big you can stand in them.

AFFORDABLE

Even fine amethyst has a modest price tag. Large gems remain affordable as price per carat does not rise dramatically with larger size.

AMETRINE

In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine occur in the same crystal. The unique gems, called ametrine, are half purple and half yellow.


QUALITY FACTORS

Assessment of the following characteristics determines amethyst’s value.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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