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page 8 of my mineral museum: my amethyst quartz crystal clusters -- now you're talkin'

2010-12-18 - 11:10 a.m.


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How about a stroll through my Amethyst collection? I didn't realize that I had so many. I might be willing to part with one of them for Christmas next year. For now, though, let's check 'em out.

The tall segments of large geodes that stand up on their own, creating a sort of Amethyst cave pattern, are often sold as Amethyst "cathedrals."

My personal favorite is this naturally cracked open segment of an Amethyst geode, which is cram-packed and jam-packed full of deep purple Amethyst crystals. The green tumbled stone just happens to be in the picture to give you an idea of the size. Yeppers, that's a lot of quality Amethyst!

This Geode half was cut open to reveal lots of translucent Quartz, culminating in the central "vug" or cavity full of bright purple Amethysts. I don't really want to sell any of them, but I have a small house, and I'm thinking this is the one most likely to go. I bought this one in Pennsylvania in 1990, and it's possible that it's United States material, but I think it's more likely that the rock-cutter in question swapped or bought the material. I know he polished it himself, though. The other specimens are all unpolished, unworked pieces from Brazil.

The smaller item nearby is an Amethyst cluster used as a base for a glass and electroplate Hummingbird that a friend picked up for me as a Christmas gift a few years back in a Reno casino. He has a matching one in his own collection. I don't keep a lot of glass, but I won't be selling that one.

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