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

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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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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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Amethyst crystals from Morocco
Moroccan Amethyst: Mining and Marketing

Insight into amethyst mining activity in Morocco.

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Conversation with Gemfields

An exclusive interview with Ian Harebottle, CEO of Gemfields.

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Gems and Minerals from the Subarctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Amethyst with a large aqueous primary fluid inclusion
Large Aqueous Primary Fluid Inclusion in Amethyst

A strikingly large primary fluid inclusion with a gas bubble was seen in a Moroccan amethyst.

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Attendees ascend an escalator with an expansive view of the Hong Kong Convention Centre.
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2016 Hong Kong Show: Demand Slightly Up

Demand for diamonds and colored gems exceeded the expectations of most exhibitors; many reported an improvement from last year’s business.

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