This oval AA-grade amethyst displays a natural pink color that complements a variety of metal colors and gemstones. Its eye-catching checkerboard cut and pink-to-lavender hue make it a great choice for simple designs that highlight these qualities. Use it by itself for simple earring or ring designs, or highlight its color by pairing it with contrasting-color stones to create more complex, multicolor designs. Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
Amethyst is the best known and most valuable form of quartz. The light-to-dark purple color of natural amethyst is caused by iron or manganese compound impurities in the mineral and can range from a watercolor pale pink to a dark, almost opaque, purple.
The oval cut is an even, symmetrical shape but elongated. The arrangement of its facets is similar to that of a round brilliant, designed to maximize light and color. Checkerboard faceting features square facets across the entire crown on the gemstone. This faceting is ideal for larger gemstones, increasing the scintillation effect.