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page 13 of my online mineral museum: i find more amethyst

2010-12-27 - 10:54 a.m.

all photos � 2010 by elaine radford

If you want to view my large Amethyst clusters, click right here. But maybe you've already seen them. Well, wait...there's more. Yes, I found some more Amethyst in my personal collection that I would like to add to the pages of my mineral museum.

The photo up top is a close-up of a deep purple cluster where each of the points seemed to be filled with red flecks. Here's a photo where I pull back to show the whole cluster:

Just in case I still have doubters, I flipped the specimen on its side to photograph the purple bottom. Now, no matter how whimsical the settings on anyone's monitor, you can easily see that it's indeed Amethyst:

As far as I know, this cluster is also from Thunder Bay, Ontario, but it came from the "Fire Agate" widow in Kenner, and her husband left behind zero labels on anything, even his finest specimens.

I bought or traded for the one below at a gem and mineral show. As you can see, it's "Russian" Amethyst crystals in matrix from "Kedon," in Yakutia, Siberia. I can't find anything about Kedon on the fabulous Google maps. Maybe the name has changed, or I'm not reading the poor, faint typing correctly in the first place.

I did just now read that for some odd reason God was flying around with a bag full of precious gems and when he zoomed above Yakutia, oops! His hands froze, and he dropped the gems -- a legend of how the gemstones came to found in that frigid part of the world.

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