Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

February: Amethyst



Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. A very common gem, amethyst is found in many localities throughout the world. Amethyst ranges in color from very pale lavender to deep purple. The most desirable color is deep purple with a red-violet tint referred to as “royal” amethyst. The best of this type has historically come from the Siberia region of Russia. Today, most amethyst gemstones come from Brazil, some of which rival the Siberian gems in color.

Quartz variety Amethyst
Photo by Debra Wilson


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