Amethyst #AM01

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I've had this brilliant cabinet piece stashed away since Tucson 2006. When I first saw these specimens, the color was so impressive that I had to ask the dealer if these were heat treated or colored in any way (which of course insulted him). He assured me that these were completely natural. I had seen specimens of these "Cactus Quartz" before, and they were often a lighter "Lilac color". After examining the piece closely, I had to agree with him. My subsequent research does indicate that some of the more unusual specimens are found with this very rich purple color.

I placed several photos with this listing so you can see how awesome this piece is. We all know by now that the purple coloration in Amethyst is due to the the presence of iron and manganese. This beauty obviously has a very high content, as reflected in the reddish overtones seen throughout the crystals.

These first were discovered not to long ago (early year 2000), in the region around the urban area of Boekenhouthoek, South Africa.

All of the royal purple, and glassy crystals on this superb plate are perfectly terminated, and quite lustrous. You can see in the top photos that some crystals are scepter shaped, as well as displaying the "cactus" shapes unique to this region. Truly a remarkable cabinet piece that really glitters, and stands out beautifully!

Dimensions in cm: 8.0 x 5.5 x 5.5
Largest crystal in cm: 3.5

Boekenhouthoek, South Africa

Specimen # AM01

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