Amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family, ranging in colour from pale violet to a deep purple.
This gemstone's name comes from an ancient Greek word, "amethystus", meaning not drunk ("methystos" meaning intoxicated). This refers to a belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Amethyst is also believed to promote peace and stability.
Amethyst, 28.78 carats, oval cut from Sri Lanka
Before being discovered in larger quantities, amethyst was a highly-regarded gemstone, coveted for centuries by both royalty and clergy and considered as a gem equal to the major coloured gemstones (ruby, sapphire and emerald).
As with all quartz, amethyst has hardness of 7 on the Mohs Scale, which means that it has a good resistant to scratching. Combined with its very affordable price point, this makes amethyst an excellent choice for less expensive, yet very bold and impressive, pieces of jewellery.
Deep Purple Amethyst, 12.12 carats from Sri Lanka
Furthermore, since rough pieces of amethyst can be quite large, it is more likely to be found in less common, fancy cuts compared to many other gemstones.
Amethyst can be found in many countries, although particularly good examples come from Uruguay, Brazil and Madagascar. It is the birthstone for February. Other localities include Sri Lanka, India, USA and Urals in Russia for the more reddish tinge version.
Traditionally, Amethyst is believed to have a calming influence and is said to be a good stone for clarity. It is worth remembering that Amethyst gained its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning “not intoxicated” therefore to help prevent against drunkenness.
More information about amethyst can be found on these external websites; https://www.gia.edu/amethyst.
Rough Quartz (Amethyst) crystal mined from our own mine in Sri Lanka. You can see the picture above it can be very hard to tell to the untrained eye the Amethyst (purple) when it is in its rough crystal shape. By shining a touch helps you identify this.
As we mine, we get a wide range of Amethyst, no gemstone is every the same, here is a sample of the Amethyst we have mined before. If you ever ever have specific requirements for gemstones then please let us know:
Amethyst, 10.84 Carat, Fancy Cut
Deep Purple Amethyst, 17.16 Carat, Oval Cut From Sri Lanka
Ametrine, 5.34 Carat, Emerald Cut from Sri Lanka
Please get in touch with your Amethyst requirements by using the contact us page.