Amethyst, the most talked of stone, is one of the prized quartz variety for centuries. There was a time when amethyst was available on to royalty, but now its plentiful supplies have made is widely available in modern times. Amethyst’s availability and affordability has made it the gemstone bead that can be used in mass-market jewelry as well as in designing custom jewelry. For these reasons amethyst has become one of the world’s most popular colored gemstones, certainly the most commercial and important gem-quality quartz variety.
Here the factors that will help you determine the quality of Amethyst:
· Color: Note that the finest quality of amethyst is a strong reddish purple or just purple with no visible color zoning. Dealers somehow always prefer strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple color of the gemstone, as long as the stone is not so dark that it simply reduces the brightness. In case the color of the stone is too dark, it starts giving a black look under dim lighting conditions. Ant brownish or bronze color in the gemstone tints in an Amethyst’s purple color or shows a noticeable color zoning, which lowers its value dramatically.
· Clarity: Clarity is an important factor to determine the quality of the gemstone, in talking of Amethyst you’ll see that most of the faceted amethyst available in the market is eye-clean, meaning that it lacks eye-visible illusions. However, due to the stone’s remarkable color, this is considered acceptable in a faceted stone. Eye-clean material of the same color is more valuable.
· Cut: Cut of the gemstone is another important thing that needs to be taken care of. Amethyst is cut into a variety of standard shapes and cutting styles. These shapes include faceted rondelle, faceted rectangle, flat pear briolette, faceted rounds, chandelier briolette etc.
· Carat Weight: Amethyst is available in all size ranges for setting into a variety of jewelry styles. It’s popular as a large center stone since the price per carat does not rise dramatically with larger size. Amethyst is also commonly found in calibrated cuts, which means they’re cut precisely to standard industry sizes, in all qualities.
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