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Amethyst Gemstone- Different Colours of Amethyst I have found.

Amethyst is purple, all different colours of purple.

Where I live in North West Queensland, there is lots of shades of purple Amethyst.

Found green amethyst, it colour,  was  because of the sun. Purple was burnt out.

Amethyst is February  Birthsone. My Birthstone.

 

 

Amethyst Gemstone

  Amethyst comes in all colours of Purple. Pictures of Different Amethyst Quartz Crystals. is above.

Amethyst owes its colour to a trace element ( iron) in combination with natural radiation from its host rocks. It is the most valuable of the Quarts Gemstones with rich purple stones being the most prized.

A variety of vitreous quartz with purple, violet, or red-purple colouration, amethyst derives its name from the ancient Greek Amethiustos, meaning literally “not drunk” as it was believed  to guard against drunkenness. Traditionally associated with purity and piety, amethyst has also always been favoured by royalty as purple is considered a regal hue.

Where to find Amethyst.

Found in most countries where granitic rocks are exposed, amethyst occurs in alluvial deposit and geodes. Its colouration is principally due to traces of iron, and it is sometime colour-zoned due to twinning or preferential absorption on the rhombohedral faces. Major commercial sources of amethyst are Brazil, where it occurs in geodes that are frequently human-sized. Uruguay, Siberia, and North America, Crystal from Brazilian and Uruguayan deposits are most often found as radiating masses with individual crystals appearing as pyramids, Lower grade Brazilian and Uruguayan  amethyst is frequently turned into citrine by heat treatment, which changes its colour. Where both amethyst and citrine occour naturally in the same stone, the name ametrine is some time used.

Australia. In North Queensland.  They have a Crystal Cave Man Made for the tourist. You can see a lot the Crystal Geodes there, mostly from Brazil.  There is one over 6feet tall- dark Purple Amethyst, very beautiful. We bought a small Geode, that they cracked for us,  but it only had very small crystal forming inside..

Below is the  Small Geode, They cracked it open, to reveal small crystals inside.  Buy This.

Amethyst Geode from Brazil.

Amethyst Gemstone History.

Amethyst has a long History as a Gemstone.

In the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia amethyst was highly valued and was used to create cylinder seals, engraved with a religious design and the owner’s name. The engraving was transferred to legal documents in the form of clay tablets by rolling the cylinder over the tablets. The ancient Egyptian amethyst came principally from Nubia, once a province of Egypt.

Amethyst Gemstone

Today amethyst is both faceted, Cabochan and cut and shaped in to  , Tumbled and Polished, and it is widespread use as a carving material.

Amethyst
This is a dark Amethyst. Amethyst Found in Qld.

 

Amethyst Value.

Amethyst most valued shades are a deep, rich purple, and a deep purple with a reddish tinge.

Prismatic Crystal  worn uncut as pendants.

Heat treated Amethyst .

When Heated, some Amethyst crystals change colour to a yellow-brown. Many crystals sold as Citrine are heat-treated Amethyst

 

 

Amethyst North West Queensland.

 

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone in Queensland Australia there is a lot of places to go to find Amethyst.

Finding that Great stone is not easy. Large amount of Amethyst we have found are not clear, lots of flaws.

Amethyst Clusters.

Amethyst Clusters are lots of Amethyst Points stuck together, as one stone.

Amethyst Flower.

Amethyst Flower are buried deep within a layer of basalt. They are carefully and tediously worked with small hand held tools until the basalt and other matrix minerals are removed, exposing the beautiful Amethyst Flower.

Chevron Amethyst.

Chevron Amethyst displays v-shaped chevrons of deep purple to light purple and white Quartz that seep into beautiful layers. One place, It is found easy is, In the North West Qld. Australia.

 

I love the colour purples we have found fossicking for amethyst. So many things you can do with your stones that are not quality gemstones. The chevron Amethyst cut to a shape and put in a tumble, come out beautiful. Where we get the chevron Amethyst, we get the dark purple Amethyst, again very hard to find that piece without flaws.

At amethyst Castle in Queensland, it is not hard work finding Amethyst it is everywhere. You need Permission to go they as it is owned by a Mining company. There is camping ground that cost nothing.

Find out more places you can find Amethyst.

Need help or information please leave me a comment.

Have a Great Day

Happy Fossicking.

Looking for Gemstones is very relaxing and fun.

Wendy

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