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Amethysts & Amethyst Information: Buying Amethyst Jewelry
What is Amethyst / What are Amethyst Gemstones?
Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz. Amethyst is considered a semi-precious gemstone and is the most valuable member of the quartz family, which also includes adventurine, citrine, jasper and onyx among its most popular members, along with many other varieties.
Amethyst rates a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and has good durability.
Buying Amethyst Jewelry
Amethyst ClarityAmethyst is considered a Type I gemstone, which means that it is usually free of inclusions - free of internal flaws, fissures and cracks, in other words. Because of this, and because amethyst is a readily available gemstone, finding good size amethyst jewelry with good clarity at an affordable price is fairly easy.
Color Treated AmethystThe majority of gem quality amethysts used in jewelry manufacturing have been heat treated to enhance and deepen color. Heat treatment of amethyst is a routine and accepted practice in the jewelry industry to such an extent that a buyer should assume amethyst has been heat treated unless it is clearly and specifically stated otherwise. Such heat treatment is permanent and will not fade nor wear away with time.
It should be noted here that the term natural amethyst does not mean the stone in question hasn't received an enhancement treatment. Rather, natural amethyst simply means that the amethyst is naturally formed (from the earth) rather than lab created or otherwise manufactured.
As with other colored gemstones, deep, true color is prized in amethyst and as such, when shopping for a natural, unenhanced amethyst, clear deep purple tones are considered more valuable and, consequently, will be pricier.