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Amethyst is a colored variety of quartz, with colors ranging from intense violet to purple, pink and pale lavender. It has been used as a gemstone by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and since then, Amethyst jewellery has always remained very popular. It is abundant in Brazil in the Minas Gerais region, where large amethyst geodes can be mined. It is also common in Uruguay, South Korea, Russia, Austria, France, and the United States.

Amethyst is the second most represented mineral on stamps (after diamonds). Many stamps have beautiful images of amethyst crystals, rough amethysts, faceted gem amethysts.

Related minerals:

Amethyst is frequently heated to commercialy produce citrine (yellow quartz) and green amethyst (or green quartz / prasiolite / vermarine that is known to happen naturally in only very few locations). Both citrine and green amethyst are frequently used in jewelry.

Amethyst pictures on stamps:

Stamps featuring images of Amethyst.