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Amethyst

The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class rings.

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Royal Purple

This 13.44-ct. Zambian gem displays the rich royal purple color typical of fine amethysts.

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Antique Cut

Amethyst is available in many shapes and sizes including antique cuts.

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Eye Clean

The finest amethysts are typically eye-clean.

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Six Sided

These crystals are typical six-sided columns with tapering faces that meet in a point.

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Zoning

Amethyst crystals often show purple and colorless zones.

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Distinctive Markings

Like many quartz varieties, amethyst might form radiating crystal clusters

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Tools

Research

Gem materials and in front of rare books.
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Top 10 Digital Reads from the GIA Library

Explore GIA’s collection of free, rare digital books and manuscripts that document the history of gems and jewelry.

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Three light-to-medium blue carved sculptures sit in a line – from larger to smaller.
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Making the Cut: The Art and Science of Fantasy Carving

Gem cutters - whether “gem whisperers” or mathematicians - create breathtakingly artistic individual gems and sculptures.

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A large red-orange crystal of wulfenite is nestled in the arms of matrix.
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Arizona Road Trips: Wild West Gem and Mineral Localities

Arizona’s scenic desert and mountain landscape is the perfect backdrop for a modern Wild West road trip in search of gem and mineral treasures.

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The octopus head is a baroque Tahitian cultured pearl and its arms are made of black, yellow and white diamond (in a striped pattern) set in black-plated 18K gold.
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A Tropical Paradise of Ocean-Inspired Jewelry and Gemstones

Escape to a warm-water paradise in your mind with these jewels that formed in the sea, are inspired by marine life and evoke the ocean’s essence.

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A bow brooch with long ribbon tendrils.
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Bows in Jewelry: The Finishing Touch in Giving

Bows have been a popular motif and finishing touch in jewelry and fashion from time immemorial, recurring and adapting to reflect the style of the era.

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Four trapiche-like amethyst cabochons.
Trapiche-like Amethyst from Brazil

Four amethyst cabochons are unique due to inclusions that create a trapiche-like appearance.

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Gerd Dreher agate lily and Patrick Dreher citrine mouse
Gem Virtuosos: The Drehers and Their Extraordinary Carvings

A look at the artistic heritage of the Drehers, an influential family of gem carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

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Cabochons of strongly zoned Brazilian quartz.
Multi-Color-Zoned Quartz from Brazil

A Brazilian quartz with unusual color zoning caused by variable iron content is examined.

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Zambia’s Kagem emerald mine.
Conversation with Gemfields

An exclusive interview with Ian Harebottle, CEO of Gemfields.

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Amethyst crystals from Morocco
Moroccan Amethyst: Mining and Marketing

Insight into amethyst mining activity in Morocco.

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