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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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The “Alice” drop earrings feature imperial topaz, amethyst, aquamarine, green and pink tourmaline, morganite and diamond set in 18K white gold.
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