Amethyst Cabochons Amethyst is macrocrystalline quartz in colors ranging from green to pale lilac and deep reddish purple. Rose de France amethyst is a popular trade name for a very light-violet colored amethyst, while a deeper fine rich purple color variety of amethyst is often referred to as Siberian amethyst. Usually a specific locality is often associated with such trade names because of a reputation earned for producing the best of quality (Pariaba Tourmaline, Kashmir sapphire, Pailin Saphire and etc), but in the case of Siberian Amethyst and Rose de France Amethyst, this is not the case as most of the finest quality amethyst available today is sourced from Brazil, as well as Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Amethyst can be transparent to translucent and many different shapes and sizes, either faceted or cut en cabochon. Value per carat in amethyst, unlike many gems, doesn't rise exponentially with weight as it is readily available in large sizes; but depends almost entirely on color. The "Siberian" deep purple with red and blue flashes commands the highest prices. Green amethyst, new to the market, is produced by heat treatment. Purple amethyst cabochons are great for statement jewelry pieces, such as large pendants and rings because they are available in large sizes. Amethyst is the February birthstone and the birthstone for those born under the sign of Pisces. Amethyst is believed to be a stone of sobriety.
Certified Customer Reviews
Overall Rating -> 9
GemSelect has a wide selection of gems with photos of the actual gem that you will be purchasing, not some stock photo. Once a purchase is made, you can print out a certificate of authenticity. You know you are getting the real thing. The pricing is competitive. Their website also has useful information about gems.The website is easy to use. I have made multiple purchases with GemSelect, and I will be back again!
My experiences with Gemselect have always been quite satisfactory. The items are accurately photographed, a detailed description and provenance provided and the compare feature helps customers select the best gem for their needs. I have often recommended this source and will continue to do so.
I ordered several specific items from Gemselect. Items are always packaged very carefully to protect the content. Gemselect always encloses a card of authenticity which documents the entire stone, its size, clarity, etc. All of the items are as they were described. I would highly recommend them to anyone who’s in the market for a gem.
I frequently check the GemSelect website for a variety of gems. I've been very satisfied with the selection and quality of the top rated gems. All of the purchases I've made have turned out beautiful pieces of jewelry.