The beauties listed in this gallery are from the Vera Cruz, Mexico locality, and are some of the most attractive and aesthetically pleasing ever found! Crystal quality is superb lustrous, and very gemmy! The violet - purple color quality, and saturation in the specimens listed below, is top notch! Recently acquired from the Tucson 2007 Show, these fine and dazzling gems will display well, and be a great addition to your collection!

Quartz var. Amethyst on Matrix # VA01

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High quality miniature!
Two large and several smaller, splendid crystals. They are a rich, purple-violet colored,
Quartz var. Amethyst crystals on matrix.

Dimensions in cm: 3.1 x 2.7 x 2.7
Largest crystal in cm: 2.0

Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio de Tatatila,
Vera Cruz, Mexico

Specimen # VM01

Quartz var. Amethyst on Matrix # VA02

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This small cabinet size specimen features two large, and one smaller Quartz var. Amethyst crystals on matrix. They are a rich, purple-violet color. I would also like to note that from this particular find, the color is amazing in that it is continuous throughout the whole crystal. Many of the Vera Cruz Quartz var. Amethyst specimens tend to have the color saturated mostly in only the tip of the crystals -- so these are quite special! The biggest crystal is 3 cm long, and is doubly terminated! Very aesthetic, and displays well in several positions.

Dimensions in cm: 5.3 x 5.0 x 3.0
Largest crystal in cm: 3.0 w/double termination!

Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio de Tatatila,
Vera Cruz, Mexico

Specimen # VM02

Quartz var. Amethyst and Epidote on Matrix # VA03

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I saved my best for last here, as this small cabinet piece has quite the composition! Truly a feast for the eyes with the contrast of three larger Quartz var. Amethyst crystals, and dozens of smaller clear Quartz crystals sharing the matrix. The covering of vibrant green Epidote sets it off beautifully! As you can see in one of the close up pictures that I took, several of the smaller Quartz crystals are formed into perfectly tiny sparkling bouquets, scattered throughout the top of the Epidote. This is one very gorgeous specimen!

Dimensions in cm: 7.7 x 5.0 x 4.0
Largest crystal in cm: 3.5

Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio de Tatatila,
Vera Cruz, Mexico

Specimen # VM03

Wulfenite & Mimetite on matrix # TUC0805
Recent Find!

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I spent the better part of one afternoon during the Tucson 2008 show, trying to locate these Wulfenite specimens of Mexico -- a new find. Featured here is one of the four wonderful specimens that I did score...barely! These were selling like hotcakes!

This small cabinet specimen is a beauty! Radiating with dozens of perfectly formed and lustrous, butterscotch-colored, wulfenite crystals. The bi pyramidal crystallization is very rare for this specie. That is one reason why everyone was so excited about this new find!

After all, it has been over twenty years since Mexico has produced some new Wulfenite specimens, and these are very unusual. Additionally, associations of Mimetite were indeed far and few in between! Although they are small, you can definitely see the presence of velvety light green, Mimetite crystals scattered throughout.

Dimensions in cm: 7.0 x 4.0 x 2.5
Largest crystal in cm: 0.7

Level 6, San Juan Poniente Vein
Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

Specimen # TUC0805

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