Tourmaline vs. Amethyst

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Main Difference

The main difference between Tourmaline and Amethyst is that the Tourmaline is a cyclosilicate mineral supergroup and Amethyst is a mineral, quartz variety

  • Tourmaline

    Tourmaline ( , – TOOR-mə-lin, -⁠leen) is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone can be found in a wide variety of colors.

  • Amethyst

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz.

    The name comes from the Koine Greek ἀμέθυστος amethystos from ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω methysko / μεθύω methyo, “intoxicate”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.

    Amethyst is a semiprecious stone often used in jewelry and is the traditional birthstone for February.

  • Tourmaline (noun)

    A complex black or dark-coloured borosilicate mineral, compounded with various chemical elements and considered a semi-precious stone.

  • Tourmaline (noun)

    A transparent gemstone cut from it.

  • Amethyst (noun)

    A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.

  • Amethyst (noun)

    A purple colour.


  • Amethyst (noun)

    The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.

  • Amethyst (adjective)

    Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone

  • Amethyst (noun)

    a precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz

    “amethyst earrings”

    “a delicate necklace of amethysts and pearls”

  • Amethyst (noun)

    a violet or purple colour

    “an amethyst dress”

Oxford Dictionary

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