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< The Many Shades of Amethyst

April 22, 2014

When we think of an Amethyst, the first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful shade of purple. Well, get ready to be surprised! Amethysts disguise themselves in a whole range of different colours, and we are going to tell you why.

Little did you know… 
The colour of an Amethyst can vary from shades of pinks and purples, to deep reds, dark bluey-violets and even greys. In some cases, all of these colours can be seen in one stone alone.
In the gem world, this is known as ‘dichroism’, which means different colours are reflected if different amounts of light pass through the stone. So, depending on how and where you look at your Amethyst, you might see different colours shine through.

How does this happen? 
Amethysts owe their wide range of colours to high-energy radiation and the presence of iron inside the stone itself. The process of colouring is very scientific and is down to the amount of oxygen that is present when the stone is created.
The reactions between all the chemicals and the oxygen form a colouring at the core of the stone, eventually making it the Amethyst we all know and recognise.

What you need to know
Keep your Amethyst out of too much sunlight. All those rays can cause it to discolour. This would be a shame since its colour is one of the most beautiful features of the Amethyst.

IL Gems has an amazing collection of fancy-cut Amethysts just waiting for you. What’s more, we put in a lot of effort to make sure the colouring, shape and size is perfect. For more information on our gemstone collections visit here.