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Is amethyst really a gem or mineral

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I do not really know if amethyst is a gem or a mineral.

Maybe both? I checked minerals and gemstones and amethyst is in each one.

So that is why I asked.
asked Jun 5 by Hardness-of-interest (610 points)

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All gems are minerals. All minerals are not gems. Due to the hardness and appearance of certain minerals, they are considered gems, valuable because of their appearance, their rarity and other traits. Many people ascribe powers to crystals. Over the years, some have become more valued than others.
answered Jun 10 by Weasel (58,850 points)

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