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Have you been shopping around for the right purple gemstone for you or your loved one?
If you want your choice to be extra special, it’s worth learning more about some of the top purple gemstones around.
To save you the trouble of sifting through dozens of articles, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.
The following easy-to-read purple gemstone guide will make it crystal clear which purple gemstones are worth paying attention to and why.
Before you start considering different types of purple gemstones, it’s useful to have a firm understanding of what purple gemstones are in the first place.
Put simply, a purple gemstone is a gemstone that is naturally or synthetically colored purple.
There are dozens of purple gemstones out there, so it can be a bit of a minefield trying to navigate your way through them all.
That’s why we decided to focus our attention on the ten best purple gemstones of 2021.
If you’re ready to discover what they are, let’s begin!
February’s sole birthstone, amethyst is a violet-colored variety of quartz that’s primarily found in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It’s sometimes referred to as purple quartz.
Interestingly, scientists are still uncertain how amethyst geodes form, though various theories exist.
What makes them even more intriguing is that amethyst rocks have a plain appearance, but once opened, are filled with mesmerizing amethyst crystals.
Amethysts are said to be a cleansing gemstone that brings about tranquility and calm. They’re also believed to boost intuition.
Another notable thing about amethyst crystals is their rather price point.
This is perhaps one of the many reasons why more and more people are drawn to amethyst jewelry, as well as to raw amethyst gems.
Often confused for quartz, purple sapphire is a stunning purple gemstone in its own right.
A member of the corundum mineral family, it’s most commonly found in Sri Lanka.
While blue sapphires are considered to be the most prized of sapphire colors (and therefore, are the most expensive), purple sapphires are just as eye-catching.
In the spiritual world, purple sapphires are sometimes referred to as “the stone of awakening” as they’re said to be associated with the third eye and to help with spiritual breakthrough.
Coming in a variety of dark to light purple hues, purple garnets are a rare and stunningly beautiful gemstone.
Purple-colored garnets are said to strengthen hope, love, and compassion.
The birthstone for January, garnets have a long and rich history that spans many cultures.
For example, they were found in a necklace that was buried in a man’s grave dating back to 3000 B.C.
In Ancient Egypt, garnets were said to symbolize life.Even royalty has been enchanted by the garnet’s charm, with the King of Saxony said to have owned a garnet that was over 465 carats!
Found in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Myanmar, spinels are known as allochromatic gemstones.
Put simply, this term describes gemstones that are colorless as minerals but obtain their color from impurities.
Red spinel is typically the most valuable of spinel colors, but that shouldn't dissuade you from looking further into the purple spinel.
The purple spinel is, after all, not only captivating to look at, but also said to carry the same positive symbolism spinels are known for: hope, happiness, and revitalization.
Like purple garnets, purple diamonds are available in a range of purple shades.
To name a few examples, you can find soft lilac, deep purple, and pinkish-purple diamonds.
That said, violet and true purple diamonds are the most common purple diamonds available.
And before you ask, natural purple diamonds really do exist!
But as is the case with any natural fancy colored diamonds, purple diamonds are extremely rare and expensive.
While sugilite is mainly found in South Africa, it was first discovered in Japan by geologist Ken Sugi, whom the gem was named after.
It’s considered by spiritual believers to be a nurturing gemstone.
Some people even call it a healer’s stone due to its supposed ability to help alleviate stress and elevate emotional healing.
Others also consider it to be love stone that symbolizes spiritual love.
According toGem Society, tourmaline is “a mineral supergroup that consists of three groups, multiple subgroups, and over thirty different species.”
It’s often called the most colorful of gemstones, so it’s not surprising that it comes in a purple color.
Similar to the purple sapphire, purple tourmaline is said to be linked to the third eye.
It's also said to increase the flow of energy and is considered to be a deeply grounding gemstone.
Purple chalcedony is without a doubt one of the most uniquely shaped purple gemstones.
Take a look for yourself at its raw form, and you’ll immediately see its similarities to a popular purple-colored fruit.
Yes — believe it or not — it looks just like a bunch of grapes! So you can understand why it’s sometimes also referred to as grape agate.
Found in Indonesia, purple chalcedony is said to promote generosity, vitality, and emotional balance, while reducing self-doubt and negative emotions.
Thanks to its natural sparkliness, rhodolite garnet is one of the most striking gemstones you’ll ever come across.
A mixture of almandine and pyrope garnet, it has a purplish-red or raspberry color.
The rhodolite garnet is believed to balance energetic flow, promote love, and enhance spiritual growth.
While all of the purple gemstones we’ve featured have unique properties, tanzanite boasts perhaps one of the most special ones.
It’s a pleochroism gemstone, which describes the phenomenon of when a gem shows multiple colors when viewed from different angles.
This gemstone is said to stimulate intuition and help to align the heart and mind in harmony.
As mentioned, our guide aims to put a spotlight on ten of the best purple gemstones of 2021.
There aremany more you may want to research yourself, such as iolite, charoite, agate, and fluorite.
Do you already have your credit card at the ready to purchase one of the purple gemstones we featured above?
You can find a variety of purple gemstones at gemstone dealers, new age stores, and select jewelry stores.
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Each piece in our jewelry collection is lovingly crafted by our artisans. You’ll find plenty of options to mark every special occasion or moment, fromanniversaries tobirthdays.
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