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Is Amethyst a natural resource?

if it isn’t, what other kind of jewel is a natural resource?

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  1. Amethyst is a gem and it is a natural resource. All jewels are natural resources.
    Natural resources occur naturally within environments that exist relatively undisturbed by mankind, in a natural form. A natural resource is often characterized by amounts of biodiversity existent in various ecosystems. Natural resources are derived from the environment. Many of them are essential for our survival while others are used for satisfying our wants, such as gems like Amethyst.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_resource

  2. “Jewel” and “natural resource” are subjective terms. I’m not aware of any industrial use of amethyst. Some use it for “crystal healing”, which is a speculative concept.
    Most jewels or gemstones are mined. Ones with industrial uses (often as abrasives) include:
    diamond
    sapphire
    topaz

  3. A natural resource is a material source of wealth, such as lumber, fresh water, or a mineral deposit that occurs / is created in a natural state and has economic value.
    Thus… amethyst is naturally created, and as it has economic value to those who buy it (as a gemstone), it’s a natural resource.
    Its primary uses are as decorative crystals and “healing and psychic” stones. Which is total bull, of course. In fact.. those are basically its only uses. There no industrial use (it’s just a pretty version of common quartz).
    Diamonds, garnets, sapphires and many other “gemstones” have uses as abrasives, among other things.

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