5 Gems You Didn’t Know Could Be Purple

If you’re a fan of purple gemstones, you might be interested to know that not all gemstones can be turned into inscrutable shades.

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There are definitely some gems that can be produced with a slightly violet hue, and even some that have their own type of purple color. Here are five gemstones that you might be surprised to learn can be purple.:


Alexandrite is a chrysoberyl, which is an uncommon mineral that is found in our planet’s crust. Other chrysoberyls are more common, such as cat’s eye and cymophane, which have the ability to reflect light in a way so that it appears to be shimmering with a streak of light.

Alexandrite is the birthstone for June. Because of its rarity and reputation as being both rare and valuable, it has been associated with nobility throughout history.


Amethyst is a purple variety of the mineral quartz and is also known as the most valuable type of quartz thanks to its coloration. 

Having a purple hue that ranges from light lilac to deep violet-red, amethyst often has streaks of white running throughout the stone caused by its iron content that can both improve or detract from its value depending on the intensity and saturation of its coloration. 

Amethyst can also be enhanced in appearance by irradiating its stone or heating it at low temperatures (if transparent) which might impair some amethysts’ ability to refract light but could also result in an improved luster quality when done correctly!

Purple Sapphire

Sapphires are beautifully colored gemstones that come in all colors of the rainbow. Purple sapphires, however, are quite rare. Like its blue sister, purple sapphire is a variety of corundum (aluminum oxide). 

Purple sapphire tends to be pale or light in hue with strong hints of red. They speak to the mysterious and magical nature of purple gemstones as a whole.

Purple Garnet

Purple garnets are rare and beautiful purple gemstones that have only recently been discovered

  • They’re actually a purple variant of garnet
  • They occur in nature, usually as inclusions inside other gemstones
  • The primary colors are blue, red, yellow, and orange


Some people consider peridot to be a shade of green. Others think it’s a mineral, not a gem. Peridot is actually a stone and belongs to the same family as zircon, sapphire, and rubellite. Its pale pink color comes from trace amounts of chromium, which gives it that unique hue.

It’s also one of the most popular peridot stones around today, thanks to its warm color and clear, glassy luster. The best varieties are usually quite clean and have no inclusions that can detract from their beauty.

The most popular peridot stones feature a pale pink color with minor, trace amounts of darker tones that come from tiny inclusions. As this stone is highly sought after because of its rarity and beauty, many dealers will charge high prices for good pieces.

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