Amethyst is found world-wide and if it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive. Amethysts from different regions differ in quality and experts tend to identify the origin of a stone from its quality. The most celebrated quality of amethyst comes from Africa. These gems from Africa are prized for their deep, velvety violet color and outstanding clarity.
Another popular source of amethyst is Brazil. The gems from Brazil have a pale to medium lilac hue with great transparency. Amethyst from Brazil is usually available in larger sizes than the African amethyst but, on the other hand, amethyst from Africa is prized for the saturated color.
Canada is also amongst the known cradles of this lovely gemstone.The Canadian stones are famous for the red undertones that complement the purple color. The Italian gems are prized for the even distribution of the color in the gemstone. Deep violet amethysts, mostly in small sizes, are mined in Australia. Other noted sources of amethyst include Bolivia, Argentina, Madagascar, South Korea, India and Sri Lanka.