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Choosing and caring for your Amethyst gemstones

Considerations when choosing an Amethyst:

When choosing an amethyst gemstone, it will depend on the type of bespoke jewellery it will be used in.

However, there are four key considerations to take into account to help you find the perfect stone:

Colour – amethysts are highly prized for their mesmerizing purple colour. The tone and hue of the stone is therefore by far the most important element to consider. As a general rule, the darker the colour, the higher the value. The most valuable amethysts are those that have a deep reddish violet colour with good transparency. There should also be little to no visible colour zoning, which is when a stone has several shades in one stone.

Clarity – amethysts are revered for its clarity and transparency. They should not have any visible inclusions or fractures as it detracts from the stone’s brilliance, subsequently lowering its value.

Cut – when assessing an amethyst, the cut will be a significant factor to consider. The value of the stone increases in direct relation to its size. There are many suitable cuts for amethysts. A cut’s main purpose is to bring out the stone’s brilliance and allow it to sparkle.

Carats – all gemstones are weighed in carats. The carat weight refers to the size of the stone. Amethysts are available in several sizes and carat weights so pricing can vary from stone to stone. While not always the case, the value of the stone tends to increase as its size does.

How to properly clean and care for your Amethyst:

Like all gemstones, amethysts need to be cleaned and cared for to maintain its lustre. Their hardness makes them fairly durable. However, avoid contact with extreme heat and prolonged exposure to light as this will degrade the colour. A mild soap solution in warm water and a soft brush is sufficient to clean this stone. A gentle scrub is all that’s necessary to properly clean it. Rinse it thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

For help with caring for your custom made jewellery, please reach out to Ickinger for assistance.

Making the cut

Selecting the best cut for your gemstone:

Gemstones can be cut into a variety of designs. From standard to fantasy cuts to freeform form designs, the list of possibilities is almost endless. The main purpose of cutting a gemstone is to highlight its inherent features. The cut is meant to dazzle and amaze while showcasing the stone’s brilliance.

Due to its alluring shade of purple, amethysts are often cut to showcase its colour. Faceting a stone will allow more light to enter the stone. Many amethysts have visible inclusions and colour. An experienced jeweller may sometimes cut the stone in a certain way to hide these flaws. While this may make it more aesthetically appealing, it lowers the value of the stone.

When amethysts have colour zoning or inclusions, they are often cut into cabochons. This process of polishing and shaping reveals a stone’s flaws and often results in fascinating patterns.

Varieties of gemstone cuts:

1· The Cushion or Old Miner’s Cut has a square with rounded edges. This is a traditional cut that highlights the gem’s fabulous lustre and brilliance.

2· The Emerald Cut has a rectangular shape with clipped corners. It emphasises the stone’s colour and clarity. This cut is ideal for lighter coloured gems as it reflects light better.

3· A Marquise cut has an elongated shape, similar to an American football. The main feature if this cut is its ability to reflect light in a way that maximises the stone’s colour and sparkle.

4· The Princess Cut has a square shape. Its many facets allow light to effortlessly bounce off the stone, creating a magnificent sparkle.

5· The Pear Cut has a teardrop shape and its many facets allow it to showcase a gemstone’s vibrant colour while reflecting light exquisitely.

6· The Briolette cut is similar to a Pear cut but has multiple triangular facets. The triangular facets allow it to reflect abundant light resulting in an amazing display of colour.

7· The Round Cut, the most popular cut, has the remarkable ability to highlight a stone’s brilliance and sparkle.

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