The color of amethyst, as everyone knows, is royal purple, like
the image above.
The finest amethyst color is a strong reddish purple or purple with no
visible color zoning. In previous centuries kings, queens, emperors and
lesser royalty preferred strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple.
That is how it gained the moniker of "Royal Purple.
In those days several countries had laws (royal decrees?) that only
royalty could wear amethyst jewelry and amethyst colored apparel.
Later, as high ranking officials of various religions were granted
entry to the aristocracy, the term Prince of the Church came into use.
Some of these people adopted amethyst as a symbol of their royalty. The
practice of some religious leaders wearing amethyst continues today.
My husband has a preference for the slightly less saturated purple
typical of African amethyst
The color of amethyst, the gemstone, makes it the most popular gem in
the quartz family. The fact that amethyst gems are moderately priced also
contributes to its popularity.
Because amethyst is produced by nature, amethyst deposits can yield
material that vary widely in color. Yellow citrine crystals, smoky quartz
crystals, colorless quartz crystals, and various pastel colored crystals
may all come from the same mine.
In fact, a particular crystal may contain more than one color. It is
indeed common for amethyst rough to display a well saturated purple
section, trailing of to lavender, and then colorless sections in the same
The cobbing process is used to remove undesirable portions of a gem
crystal. Undesirable could mean flawed, fractured or off color.
It has been our practice to have "gemmy" off color crystals
faceted and offered for sale as fancy colored quartz gems.
However, things seem to be changing in the world of amethyst.
We now see these stones sold by some dealers as pink amethyst,
pink-purple amethyst, and other names. The public understandably places a
higher value on pink amethyst than on the same gem labeled pink quartz.
We even "green amethyst" offered for sale.
The color of amethyst is certainly changing as the new names prove to
be an effective marketing tool.
You can color me old fashioned, because I will continue to sell purple
amethyst and fancy colored quartz.
Top - Royal Purple Amethyst
Next - Purple African Amethyst
Next - Pink Amethyst
Next - Green Amethyst
Next: - Silver-Pink Amethyst
Next - Hot Pink Amethyst
Next - Pink-Purple Amethyst
Next - Ametrine - natural amethyst and citrine in the same
Next: - Gem special offer - Purple amethyst. This lively
oval shaped gem is
flawless African Amethyst
Next - Newly discovered blue diamond natural crystal
Next - Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair banner
Next - Dealer Product Image - Blue Spinel and White Topaz
Ring in Sterling Silver
Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling
A Google search for links or images using keywords such as amethyst
properties orgemstone cobbingcan return some very interesting information and websites.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
Gem Industry News
Gem Quality 29.6 Carat Blue
Diamond Recovered in South African Mine
Petra Diamonds has uncovered a 29.6 carat blue diamond rough crystal in
the Cullinan mine in South Africa.
The stone is described as an “outstanding vivid blue diamond with
extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity.”
This blue diamond is the largest of its type ever recovered from within
the Cullinan Mine. The Cullinan is one of the world's most
celebrated diamond mines… and is a source of large, high-quality Type II
gem diamonds. This mine earned its place in history with the discovery of
the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at
The mine is world famous for yielding large, high
quality diamonds and has produced over 750 stones of greater than 100
carats and more than a quarter of all the world's diamonds of greater than
400 carats. It is also the world's only significant source of truly rare
and highly valuable blue diamonds.
Based on current prices of about $2 million per carat, the freshly
unearthed gem value could possibly exceed $60 million. Last year, another
exceptional 25.5 carat blue diamond was found in the same mine. That stone
sold for almost $16.9 million.
Tucson Gem Shows
Its that time of year again. Gem and jewelry professionals
are headed to Tucson, Arizona to attend the (almost 30 different) gem
and jewelry trade shows. It is an opportunity to meet old friends, renew
casual acquaintances, attend some seminars and social functions.
Those activities are fringe benefits of being in town and
attending the shows. For most, attendance is geared primarily towards
seeing what's available and replenishing inventory of loose stones and
finished jewelry, Its also a good opportunity to buy supplies and
Jump Start, the time when some exhibitors buy, sell, and
trade among themselves, has been going on for a couple of weeks now.
Its an annual high point for the gem and jewelry trades.
Bangkok Gem &
The two trade associations who organize the Bangkok Gem & Jewelry
Fair each year assure international exhibitors and visitors that they will
be safe and impact free from the anti-government protest situation.
Special hotel and transportation arrangements are in place for the
February 25 - March 1 event..
"The 53rd BGJF fairground is far away from the protest site with
good access to the airport" according to an official communiqué from
the Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Fair organizers.
February is the
month for amethyst. Although amethyst is probably the most popular gem for
jewelry year around, now is an especially good time to market amethyst
jewelry to your customers. Check your customer profile records to see who
has a family member with a February birthday.
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