Ultra Violet Gemstones

Purple violet amethyst, iolite, tanzanite, rubellite, sapphire, spinel

Pantone

Pantone’s colour choice for 2018 is Ultra Violet, an intense, exhilarating, stimulating, even intoxicating colour similar to the colour of the Amethyst but a deeper or more intense shade of violet. Like purple, violet also has a strong connection to spirituality and the uncanny ability – like ultra violet light – of seeing things you wouldn’t normally be able to see in normal light. Violet is also the colour of groups seeking to make a difference to some societal wrong, like the early 20th century Suffragettes and the current LGBTQ movement.

But where violet or ultraviolet gemstones are concerned there appears not to be one that you can identify by colour only like you would an Emerald or a Ruby. Rather, you have to dig deep into the various families like quartz, garnet, etc where they are known by different names such as Morganite, Kunzite, Rubellite, etc. I’m certain, though, that at LL Private Jewellers will know if there are actual gemstones known simply by the colour Violet because gems are her business and she’s extremely knowledgeable. So, if you’re interested in adding Ultra Violet gemstones to your jewellery collection, you should contact her.

Violet and Ultra Violet Gemstones

On a colour wheel, violet is next to blue with purple between violet and red, meaning that violet is a cooler hue than purple. Ultra Violet, however, is an intense shade of the cool Violet so it would have to be in the middle ground where purple is between the aggressive red and the tranquil blue.

As for Violet gemstones, I know of only two that have violet in their identification or names, namely (1) the Violet Flame Opal that’s not a true violet but rather a purple and white stone from Mexico, known as ‘a stone of tranquility’ (for the blue in its colour) with a spiritual connection, and (2) the rare silicate mineral Violet Charoite whose colours range from a stunning bright lavender to violet to deep purple.

This stone with its violet to purple shades in a single stone has been described as ‘unnaturally beautiful’ and one of the most distinct gemstones available today because of its swirling or feather-like patterning in a single stone. The Violet Flame Opal stone is also the Zodiac birthstone for Scorpio.

Where UV (ultraviolet) light is concerned, however, the Fluorite gemstone immediately comes to mind as a suitable ultra violet gem for Pantone’s colour of the year 2018 because its fluorescent colours include red, white and purple with some stones exhibiting different colours, even intense violet, under long and short wave UV light.

Another gem that has violet in it is Tanzanite and while it has an incredible colour saturation it is still not an ultra violet shade. Also, because the blue part of the tanzanite is so highly valued, the stone is usually cut to maximize the blue rather than the violet colour even though many stones lean towards the violet end of the scale. Therefore, with violet in it or a major part of the stone, while not the intense ultra violet shade, the Tanzanite could suffice as an ultra violet gemstone. Tanzanite is also the official December birthstone.

And another gem that can rival the Tanzanite for its violet colour is the Iolite whose name comes from the Greek ‘ios’ meaning violet. But here again it’s a soft or cool violet rather than an intense or ultra violet shade. Its colours are pale to dark blue or violet with the most desirable colour being an intense violet-blue meaning the Iolite too could stand in for an ultra violet gemstone. And, a bonus, it’s affordable even in large stones because it’s found in many parts of the world including India, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Australia’s Northern Territory, and Yellowknife, Canada.

Or, if you prefer the warm side of purple (red) to the cool (blue) side, Tourmaline would be a good choice, specifically the Rubellite whose fantastic warm purple colour makes it a big hit with coloured stone fans.

As well, though, there is also the Sugilite, so named for Ken Sugi, the geologist who first discovered it in 1944 in Japan. At that time, though, it was unsuitable for gems but in 1979 in S. Africa another deposit was discovered that was suitable for gems and in 1980 Sugilite was classified as a rare gem. It’s colours are violet-purple, light purple, bluish-purple, reddish-purple, plum, lilac, magenta, sometimes with a mottled, veined, blotchy, or layered appearance and sometimes in a uniform or single colour.

And lastly though certainly not the least, there is the Amethyst, (quartz) February’s birthstone that is probably the first purple stone that springs to mind. The Amethyst though is not a true purple but rather a violet-purple and therefore, even though it’s not an intense violet shade, qualifies equally well for Pantone’s ultra violet choice of colour for 2018.

For further information regarding any of these gemstones or to personally see them please contact LL Private Jewellers where, I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed. Also, if you’re of a mind to design your own jewellery, know that warm purples or cool or ultra violets are stunning in either white or yellow metals. And, when you wear these colours, don’t be a shrinking violet but rather a violet vision that exudes elegance and positivity for such is the nature of these colours.

Please for more information about ultra violet gemstones contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-684-6343.