World Sources for Amethyst, February's Birthstone
While the Ural Mountains are now inactive, they produced some of the finest amethyst known to the extent that any top color amethyst gemstone, regardless of origin, is referred to as Uralian amethyst.
Of modern sources, it is the gemstones from South African that set the standard for excellence: Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania. This broad area is known as the Umba Valley, a veritable treasure trove of some of the world's finest colored gemstones. South American countries provide the bulk of commercial quality amethyst. Gemstones form Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay account for most of the world's supply. Amethyst can also be found in Mexico, Western Australia, Sri Lanka and Madagascar, and in several states in the US including Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Montana.
Photo: Amethyst Ring Custom Design and Handmade by Tom Owczarzak