Do you know it takes millions of years to grow Amethyst? But, Amethyst isn’t expensive compared to diamonds or rubies. Still, there are more fake amethysts than real ones. 

What is the difference between real Amethyst and fake Amethyst? How to spot a fake amethyst? What does fake Amethyst look like? What does real Amethyst look like?

A genuine amethyst is cold to the touch, shows different colors (purple, white, yellow, red, blue, or black), and has a specific gravity of 2.3 to 2.65. Moreover, real Amethysts don’t get scratched or burned easily. 

Read on to discover the real appearance, color, properties, powers, varieties, and six tests for confirming a genuine Amethyst. 

What Does Real Amethyst Look Like?

Amethyst Crystal on white background

Real Amethyst is a mix of several colors rather than a single stroke of purple. This is what experts call ‘color zoning.’ It’s when a crystal has other colors in between purple, such as white, blue, or black, instead of a single shade.

Moreover, some Amethysts may be dark purple, wine-red, or even lilac-colored. 

Here are a few properties of Amethyst that’ll help you set apart a fake amethyst:

A table that explains the properties to look for in a real Amethyst crystal

Types of Amethyst

Interestingly, the value of Amethyst depends more on color than a carat. It is thus noteworthy that the darkest purple and red are the most prized Amethyst varieties. 

Let’s look at varieties of Amethyst.

A table that explains the different varieties of Amethyst and their characteristics

How to Tell if Amethyst is Real? 6 Easy Tests 

Fake Amethysts have become so good that it’s harder to recognize real Amethysts, especially for beginners. I’ll describe six easy tests you can do at home to confirm the authenticity of your purple Quartz. 

The Touch Test 

Amethyst Crystal on Hand

As we learned in real Jade vs. fake Jade, most natural crystals are cold to touch.

Whether you rub it against your skin or cup your palms, real Amethyst will remain cold in your hand. Keep the amethyst stone in your palm for a minute to perform this test. 

The Light Test 

Amethyst Crystal on white background

As we learned above, Amethyst rarely appears in a single color. You can check if you have dyed Amethyst with the Light Test by looking for multiple colors seen in real Amethysts.

Raise your Amethyst against a light source for a few seconds to test this. Genuine Amethyst will show different depths of colors in layers under the surface. 

The Glass Test 

Amethyst Crystal on a blurry background

This test requires you to look closely at your crystal using a magnifying glass. You should check for threads and veins inside the stone.

Moreover, Amethyst shouldn’t have any bubbles, unlike fake Amethysts. 

Scratch Test 

Amethyst Crystal on White Background

Based on the MOHS score of Amethyst, it’s harder than glass. So, make a line on your crystal with the glass piece and check for marks. If the glass marks the crystal, it’s a fake Amethyst. 

The Burn Test 

Amethyst Crystal with Sunlight Exposure on a grey plain background

If you have a fake Amethyst, it can burn up and get damaged from exposure to fire. 

However, genuine crystals have very high melting points that prevent them from damaging when exposed to flame. 

So, hold your Amethyst with a Tweezer over a candle flame for 30 seconds to a minute. You have a real Amethyst if it stays intact or plastic if your stone starts melting. 

The Gravity Test

Chunks of Amethyst Crystals

This sophisticated test requires a beaker, scale, and water. We’ll use these things to check the specific gravity of your stone and compare it to that of a real amethyst (2.3 to 2.65).

Here’s a complete video tutorial that explains how to do this test:

Tell if an Amethyst Is Real

How to Spot Fake Amethyst? What Does Fake Amethyst Look Like? 

You might have a rare and expensive Amethyst if it doesn’t have any color zoning (other than colors like blue or white with purple). If not, you have a fake.

Moreover, Fake Amethysts often show bubbles and/or zero color zoning. 

A telltale sign of fake Amethyst is its name. So, don’t buy crystals named Bengal Amethyst, Japanese Amethyst, Lithia Amethyst, and Desert Amethyst. 

Real Amethyst vs. Fake Amethyst

Do you know there are fake Citrines made by heating genuine Amethyst stones? Fake crystals are everywhere. So, knowing the right way to distinguish synthetic Amethyst vs. real Amethyst is a must for crystal users. 

Here’s the complete summary of how to identify Amethyst rock, including all that we learned today: 

The chart explains the difference between real amethyst crystals and fake amethyst crystals

Which Amethyst test are you going to do, to see if your Amethyst is real?!

Author

Hiya, I am Ceida Uilyc, JewelryTalk’s in-house crystal expert, metaphysics junkie, an avid nature enthusiast, and a jewelry maven. I believe crystals are the fruits of Mother Earth and there’s nothing that makes me happier than sharing my experiences, and knowledge about them. When not making spells and potions, I love wandering around my garden or tripping on trendy new necklaces and rings.

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