Pearl A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries.
Amethyst is a type of quartz that is mostly found in geodes and hollow agates. It is composed of silicon dioxide, and scores a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. From different angles, amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple.