Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps Featuring
Amethyst


Mineral Name: Amethyst

Composition: Silicon oxide

Nomenclature: From the Greek word amethystos which means "not drunken" because wearing the stone was thought to prevent intoxication.

Industrial Uses: Semi-precious gemstone, carvings, ornamental stone.

Additional Notes: A violet-to-purple variety of quartz. The color is the result of impurities which have been subjected to natural radioactive radiation. The color of amethyst may fade if the stone is exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time.



Austria : Scott B356 : 7+3 schilling : 25 May 1990

Amethyst (quartz)



Azerbaijan : Scott 422 : 20 manat : 15 Jun 1994

Amethyst (quartz)



Brazil : Scott 2199 : 1.50 new cruzado : 12 Jul 1989

Amethyst (quartz)



Bulgaria : Scott 3899 : 7 leva : 20 Nov 1995

Amethyst (quartz)



French Southern and Antarctic Territories : Scott 222 : 1.00 franc : 1 Jan 1997

Amethyst (quartz)



Germany, DDR : Scott 1357 : 25 pfennige : 22 Feb 1972

Amethyst (quartz)



Germany, DDR : Scott 1607 : 25 pfennige : 17 Dec 1974

Amethyst (quartz)



Kenya : Scott 105 : 1 shilling : 13 Dec 1977

Amethyst (quartz)



Korea, DPR : Stanley Gibbons N3513 : 20 chon : 2 May 1995

Amethyst (quartz)



New Zealand : Scott 758 : 4 cent : 1 Dec 1982

Amethyst (quartz)



Russia : Scott 2826 : 6 kopecks : 26 Dec 1963

Amethyst (quartz)



Switzerland : Scott B285 : 30+10 centimes : 1 Jun 1959

Amethyst (quartz)



Uruguay : Scott 828 : 5 pesos : 7 Oct 1972

Amethyst (quartz)



United States : Scott 1540 : 10 cents : 13 Jun 1974

Amethyst (quartz)



Zimbabwe : Scott 502 : 17 cents : 21 Aug 1985

Amethyst (quartz) geode