Buying Amethyst Today

Amethyst is a staple item in every jewelry store. This February birthstone can possess a beautiful royal purple color, yet remain very inexpensive. Amethyst is relatively hard on the Mohs scale at 7, is readily available in all sizes and shapes and often comes in designer cuts and carvings. So, what’s the problem? The problem is that jewelers unknowingly sell many synthetic amethysts. This is not a theory; it’s a fact. You have done it. The demand for honest representation must start with the retailer. Jewelers who learn how to separate the genuine from the synthetic can help the industry find deceptive sellers and put them out of business. This article explains how to do it; it also tells how to grade and price genuine amethyst. Sources: Although amethyst comes from many sources, Brazil remains the primary location. Yet Russia and Africa have yielded some of the finest amethys

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