So, Amethyst, Where Are You From?

Africa.  Actually, Zambia to be specific.  There's an area in Africa that's considered the candy store of the gem world, the Umba Valley located in Tanzania, Zambia's neighbor.  Amethyst from Zambia is some of the best in the world.  

Looking at an amethyst it's not that easy for professionals to determine location but there can be clues, like the deep rich color saturation that is usually found in Zambian amethyst.  

Saturation is sometimes referred to as "Look how much color is packed into that stone!" And now you know!

February 25, 2017 23 tags (show)