Amethyst, a semi-precious stone found in many places across the world, is basically a type of quartz.
How much does amethyst cost?
You will usually find amethyst either in its natural and raw form or polished for a cost of anywhere from $1 to $50 per carat. This, of course, will usually depend on factors like its aesthetic appeal, the cut and clarity, its color, usual market value, and the faceting.
When it comes to the cost of amethyst jewelry, you may find that an individual piece can range from as little as $6 for a necklace all the way up to about $400. For example, one highly rated raw necklace on Amazon ranges in price between roughly $8 and around $40 depending on size.
This GemVal.com chart shows that the cost of amethyst can vary depending on its color and how common it is, with prices ranging from $4-$35 per carat.
eBay is a great place to find these stones in batches and prices can vary depending on the type. There are natural clusters with nine pieces retailing for close to $30, but you can also get two-ounce bags for $10 or less.
A PriceScope.com forum member asked what her stone could be worth and according to some knowledgeable members, a rare gemstone with no flaws be worth $50-$75 or sometimes even more per carat.
In contrast to other gems in the quartz family, amethyst is often large and comes in many different shapes. Even so, there are some examples of 100 or more carat versions of the stone.
A gemstone’s hardness is measured on the Mohs scale, with one being softest and 10 being hardest. Amethyst has a hardness of seven which means that it cannot be scratched by stones less than 7-hardness levels like quartz or feldspars.
The color of the gem can vary from light lavender to an almost black dark purple, depending on how much iron is in it. The darker the hue, the more likely that heat was applied to deepen its color because high levels are usually not natural.
Any additional expenses to consider?
The gemstones themselves are not the only thing that contributes to the price of a piece of jewelry. More complex settings will cost more money; some gems like amethysts that are placed in silver can be found for as low as $50 while others with diamonds around them and placed in gold or platinum could cost hundreds or thousands depending on their setting.
Important things to consider
Amethysts are beautiful gemstones that come in a variety of colors, but the most prized type is clear. When looking for amethyst quality there should be no chips or cracks and it needs to have sharp edges without any loose ends on its setting. Inspect closely before purchase because most of these gems cannot be returned once bought.
Amethyst is a stone that can fade in the sun. If you’re outside for more than an hour, either take your Amethyst off and leave it at home or turn it to the inside of your finger so as not to expose its surface to sunrays too much.
When making a purchase, be sure to pay close attention to any indicators that the product is not authentic. A fake will often have no impurities and it’ll be clear-cut in appearance with an easy-to-scratch surface texture. If you’re considering purchasing from an unknown jeweler, take time before your transaction to do some research about how they’ve been reviewed by other customers.
Cleaning your jewelry is essential for keeping them sparkling and bright. If you don’t clean it periodically, the oils from your skin can cloud it in time. The GIA recommends cleaning with warm soapy water, but other methods, like the use of an ultrasonic cleaner, are safe as well. Always be sure not to expose stones that have been dyed or treated by fracture filling when using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February. It can fade if you wear your amethysts in saltwater or chlorinated pools. The greatest quantity of these gemstones come from South America; however, currently, the finest quality amethysts are found coming out of Africa
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, one of the earth’s most abundant single minerals. It makes up around 12% of the world’s crust and because it can be found almost everywhere, amethysts are also pretty cheap gems.
Amethyst is a gemstone that has captured the attention of kings, queens, and religious leaders for thousands of years. This deep purple stone with stunning colors was popular since it represented royalty in ancient times. Nowadays designers are interested in amethysts because they can be used to make jewelry such as necklaces or earrings which will catch everyone’s eyes when worn due to their beautiful color range from light shades like lilac all the way up through rich tones like plum wine reds and burgundy hues.
The heat treatment of stones is important for their color not to fade as easily. The most popular gems on the market today are sourced from Brazil, Australia, Russia, and Zambia. There are also big markets for these stones in India, North Carolina, and Arizona.
How to spot a real amethyst
Real amethyst is pretty cool to the touch, no matter what time of year it may be. You should have a hard time warming it even if you touch it with your forehead for a prolonged time.
Check if there are streaks in your stone with a microscope (if you have one.) If there aren’t any, and if at the same time you notice some bubbles, then chances are that this isn’t real.
Stones that are true purple and deep violet or bright red in color have the best quality. The stone should be a clean, clear one with colors distributed evenly across its surface for it to be considered of higher quality.
A professional jewelry appraiser is able to tell you if the stone is authentic or not and can give it value, but this service usually has to be paid for.
When you scratch the gem with a knife, it should not leave any scratches or marks. If you manage to leave any marks on an amethyst with a knife, seeing that the knife will usually have a hardness of 5, then that means the stone is most likely an imitation and not valuable at all.
Is there any way to spend less?
The best way to spend considerably less is by going on wholesale marketplaces like eBay and just buying them in bulk.