AMETHYST….FEBRUARY’S BIRTHSTONE

Amethyst, My First Love

I remember when my father and I went to a highly respected jeweler looking for a gift for my mother to commemorate a special occasion.  My father picked out a large oval cut amethyst ring in 14 kt gold.  I was instantly impressed with the juicy grape color and I love this stone group to this day.  It reminds me of grape juice and grape popsicles.  I gave that particular ring to my cousin Linda who was born in February.  It is her birthstone.                                                                              

Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family and is a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  Amethyst is tough and long wearing.  It is suitable for rings and any other form of jewelry.  It takes years of wear to abrade it to the point of cloudiness.  Lots of purse and pocket diving.  However, with this gem you get lots of beauty and value at a lower price than other stones.                                                                                     

The colors range from lilac to deep purple.  The lilac shade is known as “Rose de France”.  The deepest purple with flashes of red is called Siberian.  The Siberian name today usually denotes color and not locality.  Siberian color amethyst is considered the most desirable.  If clean and large, also the most expensive.  It still won’t break your budget.  It’s the diamond melee and the gold setting that will run up the price.

I cut many amethysts in my time.  Especially while learning the craft of faceting.  Amethyst cuts very nicely without any problems.  It is the polishing that can vex you at times.  Learning how to see and correct polishing problems is part of learning the art of faceting.  If you are a gem cutter and want some tips on polishing amethyst please correspond.  I would like to help you.                                   

I am now going to look for some good amethyst photos to add to this post.  I’ll be back soon.  OK, I added some delicious stones to show the beauty of different amethyst shades of color.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do.  I’ll do a review page next and tell you more specifics about each stone.  See you on page two.  Robert.                        

 

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