Amethyst

buyers guide

Techical

Amethyst is quartz – all quartzes have the chemical composition Si02.

Amethyst is a ‘hard’ stone measuring (7) on the Mohs scale. It has a density of 2.65.

Amethyst has distinctive inclusions which can look like thumb prints or feathers. The tinge of the stone varies between a bluish or reddish purple according to the angle from which it is viewed. The tinge also varies according to the source of the stone – i.e. Amethyst from Russia has a reddish tinge and that from Canada has a violet tinge.