Amethyst FAQS

Amethyst FAQS

Amethyst FAQ

1. Why is it important to keep Amethyst jewellery at room temperature? 

Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold can alter the color of Amethyst.
When the gemstone is in temperatures that are too hot, it may turn a yellow shade and
when it is situated in temperatures that are too cold, it may turn to a  smoky grey colour 


2. What is the difference between natural Amethyst and lab-formed Amethyst? 

Manmade or lab-created Amethyst looks identical to natural ocurring Amethyst. Experts often have a difficult time telling the difference. The main difference is that it’s quite rare to find a large amount of natural Amethyst. For this reason, the natural varieties of the gemstone are generally  more expensive than lab-made  Amethyst. However,  it is generally very hard for anyone to be able to tell the different.

3. What is AAA quality Amethyst?

Although individual companies may create their own gemstone quality descriptions, such as AAA, AA, A to indicate  the range of quality of their products, there is  no standard quality grading scale for amethyst.

4. Is it OK to have an Amethyst ring for an engagement ring?

Amethyst is suitable for everyday wear and amethyst necklaces and pendants are very popular, however, its Mohs hardness of 7 means it will generally  show some wear as the years pass and may require repolishing. These days consumers make more unconventional choices for engagement rings, choosing birthstones or other coloured gemstones rather than the traditional diamond. It’s down to each individual's personal choice.

5. Does it really matter where the Amethyst is mined?

Although some jewellers might expect that a gemstone necklace using and  amethyst from Zambia or Siberia might have a better colour than amethyst from say Brazil, origin alone does not add in fact add value to amethyst. Value is based on quality alone, and the colour is the most important value factor of the gem regardless of the country of origin.

6.  What is the best way to  clean your Amethyst necklaces, bracelets and earrings? 

It depends on the particular  type of metal that has been used in the jewellery, and whether or not the jewellery piece contains different types of gemstones. The best way to  clean it is to use a brush with soft bristles and warm water containing  mild liquid detergent in order to softly scrub away the residue. 

7. Why is it best to avoid wearing Amethyst jewellery when cleaning? 

It is always best to keep your gemstone jewellery far from household cleaning products, which may contain strong harsh chemicals. The reason for this is because these chemicals can change the appearance of the gemstone or effect the durability of the jewellery. Ideally try to use only natural cleaning products when wearing Amethyst jewelry, or remove it while you clean. 

8. Can Amethyst  be yellow. - is this true?

Both yes and no. When Amethyst is heated up it does turn a yellow colour. When it reaches a certain stage of yellow, it is then considered to be Citrine. Amethyst is, ideally, a shade of violet purple. It can also vary from dark pink to varying hues of light purple and dark purple. 

9. Is it often said that Amethyst will make a great Valentine’s Day present - why is this?

Amethyst is known as the birthstone for the month of February. Also, it is believed that the Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra was able to capture the heart of two Romans because of the power of  her Amethyst ring. Some women in Rome feel that the gemstone will ensure a partners faithfulness.  

10. Why does my Amethyst jewellery become dirty?

There are several factors which contribute to the dirt that can build up  on jewellery over time. Body oils,makeup, soaps and food are just some of the various things that cause this build-up. It is very important to clean your Amethyst jewellery on a regularly to ensure that gemstone doesn’t lose its sparkling natural beauty. 

11. Why is it  very important to dry your jewellery before storing? 

If you put your Amethyst jewellery in a box to store before it is fully dry, the metal may become somewhat tarnished. The box that you have stored it in will also become mouldy. It i generally best to get yourself into the regime of drying jewellery after cleaning, so dry jewellery before wearing it also. 

12. Why is it best to remove Amethyst jewellery before using a hot tub or swimming? 

Hot tubs and pools are not generally kept at room temperature. As it’s a requirement to keep your Amethyst jewellery at room temperature to avoid discoloration, you should not  enter a pool or hot tub with it on. Additionally, the harsh chemicals from the chlorine can affect your jewellery.

Examples of Amethyst gemstone earrings, gemstone bracelets and necklaces can be found here..

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