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Amethyst Glass

Amethyst glass is the perfect collectible for those who love the color purple. So named for the shades of deep plum to aubergine similar to the gemstone, amethyst glass was popular among 19th and 20th century audiences.

In the pursuit for novelty in glassware design, some companies began experimenting with chemical additions to their glass to manipulate their color. Soon it was realized that adding the compound manganese oxide to glass counteracted the green tint yielded by iron and resulted in richly colored vessels.

These deep, warm shades of amethyst were used for all types of glassware, from utilitarian beakers and flasks to more ornamented decanters and goblets. Regardless of function, though, amethyst glass pieces all reflect the dynamic spirit of innovation that make collecting antique glassware so exhilarating.


Quick Facts

  • Amethyst glass pieces can vary in price depending on whether they were blown or molded
  • A variation is black amethyst, that appears dark under normal light but, when held near an intense light source, the color seems dark purple
  • If a glass vessel in closer to violet, it might not be amethyst glass but rather had changed color due to extended ultraviolet light exposure

Recommended Items at Auction

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VETRERIA SALVIATI Centerpiece in amethyst glass decorated with green spiral applications
Oct 04, 11:00 AM CEST
VETRERIA SALVIATI Centerpiece in amethyst glass decorated with green spiral applications
by Capitolium Art
Est: €600- €800
€3000 Bids
BAROVIER & TOSO Dove in amethyst glass decorated with gold leaf
Oct 04, 11:00 AM CEST
BAROVIER & TOSO Dove in amethyst glass decorated with gold leaf
by Capitolium Art
Est: €150- €250
€500 Bids
Amethyst Glass Bottle/Jug
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Amethyst Glass Bottle/Jug
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Amethyst Colour Glass Goblet/Bowl
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Amethyst Colour Glass Goblet/Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
An Amethyst Artglass Goblet
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
An Amethyst Artglass Goblet
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
An Amethyst Glass Pitcher
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
An Amethyst Glass Pitcher
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Handblown Amethyst Glass Pitcher
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
A Handblown Amethyst Glass Pitcher
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Vintage Amethyst Glass German Shepard Dog
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Amethyst Glass German Shepard Dog
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Set of Two Shell Form Amethyst Glass Plate
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of Two Shell Form Amethyst Glass Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Pair of Amethyst Parfum Bottle
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Amethyst Parfum Bottle
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
Set of 6 Amethyst Colour Glass Tumblers
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of 6 Amethyst Colour Glass Tumblers
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
An Amethyst Toothpick Holder
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
An Amethyst Toothpick Holder
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
An Amethyst Toothpick Holder
Oct 01, 1:00 PM EDT
An Amethyst Toothpick Holder
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Amethyst & Clear Glass Vase
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Amethyst & Clear Glass Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Large Amethyst Molded Glass Pitcher
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Amethyst Molded Glass Pitcher
by Stair
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Amethyst Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Capitolium Art

Capitolium Art

Stair

Stair

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery