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Amethyst Purple Keystone.

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Me to! I love water until it’s over my head then I don’t like it to much lol. I guess it’s the unknown or not being able to see what’s down there that freaks me out a little bit.


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I took to it like a fish to water. I got certified, and loved every minute. I just do not own my own gear. Big part right. I have my boat license in New York and New Jersey but have no boat. Total land lubber. A boy can still dream. Who know maybe one day.
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Kheidecker

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Any unusual colored jar catches my EYE. I think the amethyst SUN colored Jar's are very beautiful. Here's a couple colored jars I have jarsandstuff can Probably tell me more about this ball perfect Mason. treated right?. I had to experiment so here's a couple jars I left out on carport for 6 months a dry and economy. They were very lightly Sun treated when I put them up there but they've turned quite a bit in 6 months
 

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jarsnstuff

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Yes, your Ball jar has been irradiated. When Selenium was used as the clarifier, the jars have a yellowish or peachy tint naturally. When nuked, they turn that icky brown color.
 

jarhead67

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Normally I stay away from them, but I purchased a heavily irradiated half gallon mineral water for the shop window. I knew it was irradiated, the seller was up front, and I liked the DEEP purple in it, could barely see through it. After less than a year in the window, the purple color lightened by half. Not sure if time does that or some other environmental factor, but those deep purple items you see, will in my experience, fade back and settle into a lighter, almost natural SCA.

I still love the bottle, and it looks more natural now. I used to dig in Salt Lake and we would put all our clear bottles up on the carport roof to sun. Left them out for just over a year and some colored nicely, some barely and some not at all. Irradiating a bottle to speed up time to get to that light, natural look is what I think most people who buy or sell them are after. These deep purple glass items have become popular over the past few years and there is also market for them for non-collectors who just want a purple jar for a vase or window decor.

If you like color, go for it.
 

Kheidecker

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I have a ground lip amethyst hero pre-1900s jar with some light amber swirling by neck.ive seen 100s of them glass hunting.every one aqua.so mine was once clear...never seen a pre 1900 clear jar..I clear pre 1900 jar would be rare right?????why where most pre-1900s one aqua???
 

coreya

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"have a ground lip amethyst hero pre-1900s jar with some light amber swirling by neck.ive seen 100s of them glass hunting.every one aqua.so mine was once clear...never seen a pre 1900 clear jar..I clear pre 1900 jar would be rare right?????why where most pre-1900s one aqua??? "

A picture of the hero would be great, The color of the glass is determined by the chemical composition of the sand (silica) To make a clear glass the manufacture must add chemicals to counter whats naturally in the sand and that can add to the cost of glass making. An example of this is the Ball jars of the pre 1937's which were all "ball blue" as that was the color that was produced from the sand of the "Hoosier Slide" which ran out in 1937 or so. There were other colors made either by mistake or to use up a batch of available glass or special order.
A good site for color info, jar colors hoosier jar
 

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