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c. Michael Illas

So many stones look alike that a little bit of help may be needed to identify exactly what you’re dealing with. This is especially so when you are looking at different types of Amethyst.


Characterised by its purple colour which ranges from lilac to dark purple, Amethyst is found as single points, geodes or ‘plates’ with smaller crystals covering them. Delicate Amethyst ‘flowers’ or ‘circles’ cut from geode’s are also available.

Vera Cruz Amethyst

Vera Cruz Amethyst is a light and delicate lilac, often with phantoms or inclusions.

Chevron Amethyst

Characteristic v-shaped purple and white bands form a Chevron Amethyst.


Resembling both Chevron Amethyst and Auralite 23, Amazez has a delicate colouring and banded appearance. It is often polished. As Amazez is a trademarked name, it will be sold as such. will have some available.

Brandenberg Amethyst

Brandenberg Amethyst is characterised by the inner phantoms, bubbles and brightness of its energy.

Auralite 23

Banded Amethyst with darker bandings, may be red-tipped.

Amethyst Elestial

Rare Amethyst Elestials are folded in on themselves with many terminations springing from the one crystal base.

Amethyst Spirit Quartz

Spirit Quartz is characterised by the tiny crystals over the point, with a larger point at the top.


Ametrine is a distinctive combination of Amethyst and Citrine, the colour clearing showing as purple and yellow.

Crystal cap

Tiny, druzy white or green crystals top an Amethyst point.

Tanzine Aura Quartz

Not actually an Amethyst but often mistaken for one. Tanzine Aura Quartz has an alchemicalised coating giving it a distinctive purple colouring.

Amethyst Herkimer

High vibration, rare, beautiful and so delicate. It has the clarity and characteristic shape of a Herkimer Diamond combined with the colour vibration of Amethyst.

And, just to confuse matters even more, there is an Amethyst that is not purple but is actually green:

An Amethyst point in all but colour, touches of purple often show through.

And one that is distinctively red and highly potent:

Red Amethyst

White Amethyst

I’ve just been introduced to White Amethyst, but more of that later as I need to check it out first.