Three superior grade amethyst crystals from our exciting collection of rocks and minerals. Although these terminated points look similar, they each have their own unique characteristics. Specific details about each one plus additional photos can be found in the listings below.
The colour in this purple variety of the mineral quartz can vary from the most subtle shade of lilac to a deep shade of purple. In the finest gemstones the most sought after colour is a reddish purple or deep purple with no obvious colour zoning. Good saturation is important but to avoid losing brightness, the shade must not be too dark. Whilst the darker shades of purple looks amazing when the stone is illuminated, with the absence of light it can be mistaken for black.
Historically the colour purple has always been associated with royalty and rich and/or influential members of society. In the past this was because the colour was extremely rare and could only be produced from natural dyes.
Catherine the Great was particularly fond of amethyst and amassed a large collection from the Ural Mountains in Russia. Wallis Simpson who was also a fan was often seen wearing a spectacular amethyst, turquoise and diamond necklace designed by Cartier. Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall has also been seen wearing an amethyst and pearl necklace that originally belonged to the Queen Mother.
When looking for a place to display amethyst bear in mind that it's sensitive to sunlight and also heat. If exposed to either for any length of time the colour will slowly fade or may even turn yellow or brown. For this reason amethyst should not be placed on or near a sunny windowsill.