Precious amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family, forming inside volcanic rock geodes. Its romantic hue makes it the perfect birthstone for February, especially since Valentine’s Day is around the corner.
Here at the LC, we carry several different varieties of amethyst gemstones, and if you join us all-day today, you’ll be able to get your hands on this lovely gem at a great price during Amethyst Day! Until then, here are some of our favorite amethyst varieties that you’ve seen on the LC.
Found inside the hollow of agate rocks, Uruguayan amethyst is treasured for its rich purple and blue-violet hues with flickers of red and indigo.
These stones were mined in the prestigious Artigas Department in Northern Uruguay, where the most desired amethysts are found today. Prized for their deep purple hues, Uruguayan amethyst stones are untreated and 100 percent natural. This particular gemstone’s color ranges from a light lavender-pink to a deep purple. It also displays pleochroism, which is an optical phenomenon in which a substance appears to be different colors when observed at different angles, especially with polarized light. You can also see undertones of reds and blues when the light hit this gorgeous stone.
Lusaka amethyst is treasured for its well-concentrated purple and blue-violet hues with flickers of red and indigo. It is difficult to obtain preferred medium-to-dark purple amethyst. Lusaka amethyst extractions yield only small pieces, making it rare to find stones weighted more than four carats.
Brazil, Uruguay and South America are a few of the countries exporting amethyst today. However, Zambia in South Africa, the same country where the Liquidation Channel gets its supply, offers premium quality amethyst in desirable dark purple. Check out a few of our favorites:
Rose De France amethyst, also known as lavender amethyst, is a special variety of Brazilian amethyst with a delicate pastel lilac hue. This specific amethyst was a very popular gemstone during the Victorian era. It is currently experiencing a revival in popularity as part of a general awakening to the beauty of pastel gems.
First appearing in Europe in 1727, Brazilian amethyst soon became highly fashionable in France and England. Rose De France amethyst is mined in the Minas Gerais, Bahia and Marabá regions of Brazil. Here are a few examples of this gorgeous gemstone:
Join us tomorrow to see even more of this stunning gemstone during the LC’s 24-hour Amethyst Day Sales Event! It will be your last chance before Valentine’s Day to get unbelievable deals on amethyst, so you don’t want to miss it!