Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone known for its signature purple color. It gets its name from the ancient Greek word for intoxicated, because they believed that amethyst could prevent drunkenness. In modern times, amethyst is the birthstone for people born in February, and it is used for a variety of decorative purposes.
The Many Hues of Amethyst
Amethyst is a type of quartz that gets its violet hue from trace elements and iron impurities within the quartz. Amethyst is typically a purple shade, ranging from pale, pinkish purple, to deep bluish purple. If the amethyst is subjected to high temperatures, it may turn a yellow, orange, or green color. This heating process can be natural or artificial, but it can result in some gorgeous colors. Amethyst from different countries often has different colors. Siberian amethyst is a deep purple with blue hues, while African amethyst has more red tones.
Amethyst Cut and Clarity
Amethyst is easy to cut and reflects light well, so it looks beautiful in faceted cuts. Amethyst naturally occurs in large deposits, so a small increase in carat size is usually quite affordable. However, amethyst does tend to have quite a few eye-visible inclusions, so large pieces with perfect clarity can be somewhat rare. Often, amethysts will have zones with stronger or lighter hues of the primary color, which creates a pleasant, shifting, ombre effect.
Amethyst has many unique qualities that make it ideal for jewelry. It can have either warm or cool tones, meaning that it works well with all types of metals. Bluish amethyst looks nice with silver, while reddish amethyst looks beautiful with gold. In addition to their use as a focus gemstone set in a precious metal, amethyst can also be cut into beads, for use as beaded jewelry. If you are interested in obtaining some beautiful amethyst jewelry, contact us today for more information about our gorgeous amethyst pieces.