Posted March 01, 2019 09:31:00 Amethyst is a stone with a special place in the jewellery world, but that’s not to say it’s not still a very valuable stone.
Diamonds have a reputation for being difficult to find, but in the past decade there has been a surge in demand for diamonds.
The UK alone is estimated to hold some 400 million pieces, but a lot of these gems are from China.
Chinese diamond miners are using cutting-edge machinery to mine the gems and are producing about 60% of the world’s gem supply.
This has been going on for at least 15 years, and since then, the demand for amethyst has increased.
A gemologist with a firm in the UK told the ABC the demand was “unusual”, as amethyst is “not known as a quality gemstone in Australia.”
“In some ways, it’s a rarity, but the demand has really outstripped the supply,” he said.
He said some amethyst gems were “quite scarce” while others were “very hard to find”.
But for the jeweler who wants a piece of the industry, there are some key factors to consider when picking a diamond.
“You want a piece that’s going to be well-cut and well-polished, and that’s usually going to cost a bit more than a gemstone that’s just a little bit bit easier to find,” he explained.
But there are other factors too, including the colour of the gem and the size of the diamond.
“The most important thing to look for is the colour, because in terms of the shape of the stone, the diamond is going to have a little less colour than the amethyst that you’re looking at,” he continued.
If you’re buying a diamond with a high price tag, you’ll have to take into account the quality of the piece as well.
Gold is the most common type of diamond in Australia, with up to 20% of diamonds in the market.
Amethyst, on the other hand, is less common, but it’s also used in jewellery, so it’s worth a look.
There are several ways to buy a diamond, but you’ll want to think carefully about the value of the gems you’re getting.
When you’re shopping for your next diamond, you may want to consider what you’re willing to pay for a piece.
Find out more about diamond buying with the ABC’s diamonds and jewellery section.