Green Amethyst

I was just at a gem show talking to some bead dealers about
Prasiolite. Every single one of them identified it as green amethyst
and not Prasiolite. When I asked, “Is this Prasiolite?” they
responded: “No, it’s green amethyst”. One of these guys even cuts his
own materials and was offended when I tried to tell him that there
was no such thing as green amethyst.

Now I just nod and smile.

Not meaning to stir the pot on this debate, just wanted to report.
So, when I sell this stone to a customer, I wonder if they will know
what Prasiolite is. I’ll probably have to mention “green amethyst”.

Amery Carriere Designs

Now, when the customer asks if it is “green amethyst,” you can reply
"no, everyone is carrying that- this is much more rare, it’s



That’s the problem I’ve had with the prasiolite/green amethyst
argument. The TV shows have put the term “green amethyst” into the
public’s mind, and I don’t think we’re going to change it. My point
was that you can be ethical and call it prasiolite and have the
customer walk away, or you can call it green amethyst and sell it
because they know it. I don’t think it’s worth getting lathered up
over it. It will probably disappear from the market when the fad dies

Brian Corll
Vassar Jewelers

Amethyst is not green. Prasiolite is. That should settle the
question, once and for all without hurting anyone’s sensibilities.

I’m not sure that the few pieces of “green amethyst” that I have are
even prasiolite. They came from Thailand, and who knows what they’re
up to there? We’re constantly discovering new tricks out of Bangkok
and Chantaburi.

Brian Corll
Vassar Jewelers