Amethyst Cut


How Cut Affects the Value of Amethyst.

The cut of the stone is also very important.  A good cut is one that is symmetrically and beautifully proportioned, perfectly polished and makes the most out of the stones natural beauty.  Because amethyst is very available, even in large sizes, there should be no excuse for a bad cut.

You can tell a well faceted peice of amethyst because it will sparkle amazingly, and reflect a lot of light.  You will not be able to see through it when looking straight down at it.  All of its surfaces (facets) will be perfectly polished without scratches and each of them will meet at the points.  However, since a perfect cut means many hours of a master crafstman’s time, perfect cuts can command much higher prices than mediocre cuts.

Only relatively clear stones can be faceted.

ugly rose de France amethyst

Amethyst with an okay cut

Amethyst with a good cut

Amethyst with an unusual cut

Poor Cut:The facets on this amethyst are very uneven and strangely shaped.  There are also perhaps too many facets, making the sparkle less than it would be otherwise. Mediocre Cut: This amethyst is not cut at the proper angles and therefore does not sparkle much from the bottom facets (pavillion).  The facets are also uneven and overlapping. Perfect Cut:  This amethyst is cut symetrically and at the perfect angles for maximum sparkle.  Amethyst is one of the easiest gemstones to find perfectly cut.  But perfect cuts do cost more. Unusual Cut:  Because amethyst is not extremely rare and is easy to cut, you can often find inventive, unusual cuts like this one.  A difficult expert cut can add value and cost to the amethyst gemstone.

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