Green Chevron Amethyst Tumbled Stones
Although this tumbled stone is often sold as prasiolite or green amethyst, both names are completely inaccurate. Green amethyst is actually a misnomer because the word "amethyst" which comes from Ancient Greek amethustos meaning not drunken, is in itself a definition of the purple variety of the mineral quartz. Although amethyst can occur in many different shades of purple, the name is a direct reference to quartz with traces of iron that has been radiated which causes the crystal to change into some shade of purple.
Although natural prasiolite does exist it's extremely rare and is not used for gemstones or any other lapidary purpose. When amethyst is heated it turns yellow but material from a small number of locations worldwide turns into more of a green colour and it's this which is used to produce this type of prasiolite. Very rarely the colour is produced naturally through radiation and this material which often has a very subtle green colour is correctly known as prasiolite.
Almost all of the prasiolite that's available for sale is produced in Brazil. In recent years chevron amethyst has been used most likely becuase the distinctive white markings make it more interesting. Chevron amethyst which is named because of its distinctive chevron-like markings is a combination of amethyst and milky quartz. As far as we are aware the unique colour of this stone is produced solely by exposure to heat.
Our tumbled prasiolite stones are available in small and medium sizes. Highly polished and exceptionally tactile, they come in a protective pouch and were carefully chosen by the team at Stone Mania.
Save 10% on 5 Prasiolite Crystals or 30% on 10
Weight Range (grams) : 4.3 - 13.1
Size Range (cms) : 2.2 - 3.8