The Violet Mines - Brazilian Amethyst and its History
Brazil has long reigned as one of the leading producers of amethyst in the world. Amethyst crystals are immensely popular. Today, Brazil effortlessly produces thousands of tons annually while countries in second place rarely hit four digits. In 2016, Brazil nearly made up 66% of all amethyst production. As such, people have no issue getting it, though it was once an extremely rare stone. Even raw amethyst is well loved and always has been.
Of the Brazilian states, Rio Grande do Sul produces the most. Brazil not only produces a lot of amethyst, but many of its specimens are beautiful, too. Brazilian amethyst has a long and fascinating history starting in the early 1800s.
19th CENTURY – THE EARLY DISCOVERIES AND RISE TO PROMINENCE
20th CENTURY – THE AMETHYST MONOPOLY
21st CENTURY – WHAT OF TODAY?
Today, Brazil remains the leading producer of amethyst in the world. Though they are far from tying with Brazil, the contenders include Uruguay, Zambia, Bolivia, and Tanzania. Canada and Mexico are also known to produce relatively limited quantities of amethyst. Historically, Russia has been known to produce large amounts of amethyst too. For the foreseeable future, Brazil will remain the king of amethyst production in the global market and gem industry.
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