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Geographic Distribution

The birthstone for the month of February, Amethyst is a very beautiful crystal. One of the things that you may be wondering is where it comes from, however. You will be interested to know that there are a number of places around the world where the gemstone is distributed. Here are just a few of the different places where the crystal is frequently mined as of right now. 

One of the places where the greatest amounts of Amethyst can be found is Minas Gerais, Brazil. In this particular area, it is mainly found within the geodes that form within volcanic rocks. Some of the highest quality Amethyst is known to come from Brazil.

Even though Amethyst can be found frequently in Brazil, the largest mine in the world for the crystal is in Austria. The town itself where the crystal is mined is called Maissau, which is located in a southern region of the country. In the African country of Namibia, Amethyst is also mined quite a lot. South Korea is another one of the places where a decent amount of Amethyst is mined. In India, Uruguay, and throughout parts of Russia, it is very common for Amethyst to be mined.

Geographic Distribution
Although it is very rare throughout most of the country of Canada, there are areas in both Nova Scotia and Ontario where Amethyst is mined. The United States does have several states which are known for Amethyst. One of the main problems, however, is that the quality of the jewelry that is found in the U.S. is not usually high enough to be used in jewelry. Some of the states where it can be found include Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Maine.

These are just a few of the many places where Amethyst is mined throughout the world to date. Of course, there are often new areas throughout the world where natural resources are constantly being discovered. Over time, it is possible that there may be new places where Amethyst will eventually be mined. As of right now, however, Brazil, Austria, and Namibia are three of the most common places where this beautiful crystal can be found.

You may be interested in more information about The Color Amethyst or Amethyst Chemistry.