Words can barely describe how beautiful this specimen is in person. It is a dark purple amethyst geode from Artigas, Uruguay which has been cut open, polished, and mounted on a stand allowing both halves to be displayed. The amethyst crystals are about as nice as they come, undamaged with a gorgeous purple coloration.
The geode half (base) dimensions are 7.9 x 6.7 x 4.6". The dimensions of the lid half of this geode are 6.8 x 5.6 x 3.4". On the stand, the entire specimen is 13.2" tall. There is a repaired crack through the "base" geode half.
We import our material directly from the mines in Artigas, Uruguay and it is much darker, higher quality material than you normally see for sale.
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
7.9" wide, 4.6" deep, 13.2" tall (on stand)