What a Gem

The Crystal Structure

It is trigonal, which means that it has 3 equal sides

Hardness, Streak, Luster

Where it is found

Amethysts are found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and many more places. (See map)

How it is Mined

Bulldozers are used to strip and expose the veins. Then the veins are mined with shovels and picks. After that, it is taken to a washing plant so it can be washed. Finally it is sorted by expert workers.

What it's Worth

Amethysts are worth about $10.60 - $44.00 dollars per karat.