Precious amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family, forming inside volcanic rock geodes. Uruguayan amethyst is treasured for its rich purple and blue-violet hues with flickers of red and indigo.
Known for its rich color, amethyst is one of the most precious stones within the quartz family. This purple variety of quartz forms within large, crystal geodes in volcanic rocks. Found inside the hollow of agate rocks, Uruguayan Amethyst is a breathtaking natural beauty. Our Uruguayan amethyst is of some of the finest quality amethyst available. 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 gemstone's color ranges from a light lavender-pink to a deep purple. It is also displays pleochroism, meaning it appears different colors when viewed from different angles. When light hits this gem, you can see undertones of reds and blues. The world's largest amethyst geode is known as the 'Empress of Uruguay.' With tens of thousands of naturally formed, perfect deep purple amethyst crystals, this big beauty weighs 2.5 tons. While its size is impressive, it's this gem's sheer beauty that makes people's jaws drop. Displayed in the Atherton Tablelands region of Cairns, Australia, this majestic crystal is a sight to see.
Amethyst can be found in a number of locations, including Brazil, Zambia, and South America. However, some of the finest amethysts in today's gem market are sourced from Uruguay's prestigious Artigas Department.