Amethyst has been the most prized member of the quartz family for centuries. Early Greek legends, associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine (because of its wine-purple color). Other legends led to beliefs that amethyst gems kept their wearers clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in their business affairs. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops and the coronation regalia of British royalty.
Russia was once the main source of amethyst, but near the turn of the twentieth century, new deposits were discovered in South America. After that, it became more widely available, but no less treasured. Amethyst comes in a range of sizes, and the color selection ranges from the palest lilac to rich purple.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
Hardness & Toughness
- Hardness 7 on Mohs Scale - Toughness Good
Care & Cleaning
- Ultrasonic cleaning: Usually safe - Steam cleaning: Not recommended - Warm, soapy water: Safe
Thank you for taking an interest in MJGemstones! We are an importer, dealer, and wholesaler of one-of-a-kind hand cut natural gemstones. We specialize in faceted colored gems and diamonds. The high quality gems you see listed for sale are the exact high quality stones that you will receive when you buy with us. Our gems are in stock and ready to ship (RTS). We love working with custom designers and want to be a part of your unique creation.
Jewelers and custom artisans have set our genuine gems into many types of settings. These settings include rings (cocktail rings, engagement rings, and right-hand rings), custom pendants, necklaces, earrings (matching pair), bracelets, and wire wrapped jewelry. Cottage industry sellers and artistic creative jewelry designers have also used our gems for their jewelry creations.
Each gemstone is a piece of art produced by traditional lapidary methods, beginning with loose gemstones being cut from a natural crystal. The shape of the finished loose gemstone is normally determined by the shape of the rough. Standard gem shapes are pear, emerald, oval, round, heart, trillion, square, and half-round domed cabochon.
The precious stone can be calibrated by the gem cutter to specific sizes for easy mounting. If there is enough material, a parcel, or parcels can be cut from the same lot of rough. Most high-end center stones and engagement stones are rare one-of-a-kind pieces and are not calibrated.
Our unique stones are also used for lost wax casting, stone setting, OOAK jewelry making, engagement rings, wire wrapping, and general DIY (jewelry) supply. Our customers buy our stones for a wide range of purposes, including gem collecting, as gifts, birthday presents, and wedding presents.
Our gem craft supplies can be used by an artistic jewelry designer or professional jeweler to make creative jewelry. Many jewelers use the lost wax casting technique, which allows the artisan to make a single custom piece such as a ring, pendant, necklace, engagement ring, cocktail ring, right-hand ring, or bracelet. A cottage industry seller normally makes many custom pieces at one time in order to streamline their process and be efficient.
Material that jewelry designers use to mount our gems include gold (14k, 18k, 22k), silver, platinum, palladium, tungsten, steel, jewelers wire, wood, bone, carved antler, cloth, and metal clay.
Gemology students use our gems for study stones. The gemologist uses a binocular microscope to learn about the inclusions in a study stone. The inclusion scene can tell you about the gem’s origin and whether it has been treated. Other tools used by gemologists are the 10x triplet jeweler’s loupe, dichroscope, refractometers, polariscope, color filter (Chelsea filter), tweezers, spectroscope, and UV lights. These gemological tools can be found for sale on the internet.
All gemstones are mined from the earth, from many exotic localities around the world. Different mines can produce different colors of the same type of gem. Some of the more common places include Montana, USA, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Russia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Madagascar) Brazil, Columbia, and Mexico.
Gemstones are called by many different names, such as, “loose gems”, “precious gems”, and “semi-precious gems”. Sometimes the names are a bit vague: “faceted stones”, “cabochons”, “AAA quality supply”, “study stones”, “rare mined crystals”, “beads”, “jewels”, or, bluntly, “a rock”. These slang words and phrases for gems are constantly changing. All the cool cats call them “sparkly bling” or “rocks” :-)
Processing: We process your order and ship out your gems with in two days of receiving payment.
Preferred Carrier: Our standard shipping is 1st Class USPS with tracking. Delivery times vary from three to five days. We can ship using faster methods. Contact us for other options.
International Customs and Import Taxes: Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. Shipping delays due to customs review can occur. Typical international shipping time takes one to two weeks.
We accept Paypal, credit or debit cards, e-checks and Etsy gift cards.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Item(s) must be returned back within 7 days for a full refund of your purchase price minus shipping and Esty fees. We stand behind our products 100%. We can give you a replacement or a refund promptly upon receiving the item. Send it back to the address on the invoice, AND be sure to include a copy of the invoice. The gemstones are examined by a CERTIFIED GEMOLOGIST prior to an issue of a refund; if the gemstones are altered in any way then no refunds or exchanges are permitted