Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz.
Fine amethysts have traditionally been set in religious jewellery and royal crown jewels. Throughout history, the gemstone has also been associated with mystical powers, and is supposed to convey strength and wit to those who wear it.
Over the centuries Amethyst has become more available and affordable making it one of the world’s most popular coloured gemstones and the most commercially important gem-quality quartz variety
Amethyst’s purple colour can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple and from brownish to vivid.
Amethyst also commonly shows what is called colour zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of angular zones of darker to lighter colour.
The finest hue is a strong reddish purple or purple with no visible colour zoning. Dealers prefer strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple, as long as the stone is not so dark that it reduces brightness.
Much of the faceted amethyst in the market is eye-clean, meaning it lacks eye-visible inclusions.
Amethyst is cut into a variety of standard shapes and cutting styles. These include rounds, ovals, pear shapes, emerald cuts, triangular shapes, marquises, cushions, and others.
Amethyst is also a very popular gem for cutting into a variety of freeform shapes. This is done by hand or by automated cutting.
Other types of cuts and carvings are also found, including carvings of animals and other objects.
Amethyst is available in all size ranges for setting into a variety of jewellery styles. It’s popular as a large centre stone since the price per carat does not rise dramatically with larger size.
Heating can remove unwanted brownish inclusions in some amethysts or lighten the colour of overly dark stones.
Information courtesy of GIA
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