Amethyst Gemstone FAQ’s answered! Amethyst is our youngest daughter’s favorite gemstone. LS6656, LS6657 and LS6658 were her 8th grade graduation presents, and she’s excited to make them available to all Amethyst lovers! You may notice that not all gems in the main picture are purple! Read on! And when it comes to creating a beautiful piece of jewelry with Amethyst, my husband and I can set Amethyst in any of our existing pieces, or create something custom just for you!
AMETHYST AS A BIRTHSTONE
Amethyst is the traditional gemstone for February. It is also the traditional gemstone for the 6th Anniversary! The alternative birthstone to Amethyst is Jasper. Check out our “Gift Collection” for ideas for Mother’s Rings, Birthstone Rings, and gifts for Moms, Grandmas and others!
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AMETHYST TREATMENT & HARDNESS
For those who want a completely natural, untouched gemstone, Amethyst is perfect! It is very rarely treated. It is 7 on the Mohs Hardness scale, making it very nice for frequent wear. Below are pictures of rough pieces of Amethyst, just the way they were dug out of the ground! Both of these crystal clusters are from our daughter’s collection.
COLORS AND KINDS OF AMETHYST
So back to the main image. As you can see, Amethyst comes in all shades of purple from lilac to such a deep purple that it’s almost black! But something really neat happens in nature! Amethyst is part of the quartz family. So is Citrine. Often these crystals grow in the same place, and sometimes they grow together! When the yellow Citrine crystal meets the purple Amethyst crystal, they can actually join! When cut just right, you can have the two gems in the same stone! The gem is then called “Ametrine,” and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Below is an Ametrine we have in our collection that has a fancy, custom cut. Also, do you see the mint green stone? This color occurs when Amethyst is heat-treated by man. This gem is called Prasiolite.
SURPRISE AMETHYST ALTERNATIVE!
If you are planning on Amethyst for an Engagement Ring, and you’re worried about breaking it, did you know that Sapphires come in various shades of purple?! Here is a stunning sapphire from our collection! Sapphires cost a little more, but are 9 on the hardness scale (and sparkle more!) so it’s well worth it.