I don't want to sound controversial and there must be others out
there like me so why all the fuss about trying to to tell
Amethyst from anything else. I've bought my share of the natural
type and even while in northern Ontario visited mines producing
tons of the rough, only to find everything hopelessly fractured
(from blasting). Be great though for my driveway.
All of the "man made" colored stones that I have ever cut have
turned out beautiful, and some cost only a few cents per carat,
while natural ? (enhanced, dyed, oiled, glass filled (that's
natural ?) and a dozen other methods of treatment that we don't
know about) cost far more, and one has generally to put up with
inclusions, fractures, foggy areas etc., then have to explain to
the customer why all of that make a better gem?.
I'm not high on the ladder of success in the jewelry business
(maybe that's why I think like I do) but I when I show a
potential client the rough from which a particular stone was cut
the difference between what had been a piece of inert mineral
and the brilliant live gemstone they see is enough. If the
customer knows the origin of the stone and loves what he sees
that's the bottom line.
I would guess that there are tons of gem rough out there that
the best of gemologist could not detect from natural that came
out of the ground, remember they always have to play catch-up and
will always be behind the times at detecting what any new
marerial is composed of.
The big difference is the $$$$$ potential. After all there is
more profit in selling a cadillac than a chevrolet, even if the
dealer just switched the hood ornament. Incidently I am not
connected in any way with suppliers natural or synthetic rough.