This is an amethyst crystal cluster with a stalactite formation from the famous mines near Artigas, Uruguay. It features many shimmering amethyst crystals and comes with a removable wood base that it sits in for display. The top of the stalactite has been cut and polished to reveal the mineral formation inside.
While Brazil to the north is a much more prolific producer of amethyst, the amethyst mined near Artigas, Uruguay tends to be much darker with higher quality crystals. We import out material directly from the mines in Uruguay allowing us to offer it at better retail prices than anyone else. We carry a large variety of geodes, amethyst clusters, and collector quality crystal formations.
Amethyst being mined in Uruguay from the hard volcanic rock.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It‚Äôs considered a semi-precious gemstone, and just two centuries ago was considered to have a value on par with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The largest, and best known amethyst deposit occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.
Quartz var. Amethyst
5.1 x 7.2" (measurement doesn't include wood base)