Deer Hill locality, DeerHill, Stow, Oxford County
3 x 1.5 x 12 CM (thumbnail)
Thumbnail sceptered Amethyst with zoning and a deep purple cap. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection, a nice example from this classic Oxford County Maine (USA) locality that is better known for very large crystals, good thumbnails are quite rare. The condition is excellent.
Sparkling clusters of very clear crystals of Quartz in aligned groups that also have very small needle inclusions of red Rutile. This is from the remarkable deposits of Amethyst at Tamil Nadu (India), that are unique in the world. A few crystals also have sharp hexagonal voids replacing the point of the termination (negative termination). Unusual and attractive, better in person and in fine condition too.
Chalcedony / Amethyst
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat province
3 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM ()
Highly esthetic and in fine condition from the incredible find at Mamuju, Sulawesi (Indonesia). This important discovery yielded some large and impressive pieces, but very fine thumbnails like this were much less common. This is a colorful and high impact small piece that is an elegant sculpture. From one of the best modern mineral discoveries.
From the Idar Oberstien area that is famed for its Basalt flow minerals most notably fine Agates. This is a delicate and sharply formed replacment of a flowerlike spray of Glauberite bladed crystals enclosing a vug. All the Glauberite are now replaced by Quartz with the inner part showing a zone of Amethyst fingers. Some fingers show the hollow void where the Glauberite crystals had been. An older specimen ex Ruth Palmer and William Hladysz collections. This is a bit similar to some New Jersey (USA) casts often seen with Prehnite replacing Anhydrite.
Cerro de Concordia, Piedra Parada
9.4 x 7 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A flowerlike arrangement of large, gem clear and perfectly undamaged crystals perched on matrix. The two largest crystals are sceptered, though that is best seen on the backside of this piece. The best specimens in this more recent find (2017) were sculptural and had great color, luster and form, somewhat differnt from previous discoveries in this zone yet still recognizable as clearly from Veracruz. This is such a recent piece, flawless and the overall esthetics are top percentile. The matrix has a nice dusting of drusy colorless Quartz on the front side which makes a nice contrast with the Amethyst.
Amethyst- conjoined scepters
Orange River, Namakwa
2.1 x 1.4 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
A sweet thumbnail of sharp transparent Amethyst scepters that share a single stem. Both crystals show a double termination and grade to colorless lower down. From a find a few years ago at Orange River (Namibia), there were not many of these. In fine condition as seen, and a bit nicer in person too.
A remarkable and very esthetic specimen from the amazing Karur finds in Tamil Nadu. A perfect rosette of transparent Amethysts sits on a contrasting matrix. The matrix also hosts a sharp scalenohedral crystal that was originally a Calcite but is now pseudomorphed to Quartz. The color and condition are both top notch, there is no damage and the color is very strong in person. The matrix is also quite impressive under magnification there are many small included greenish- yellow Quartz and white Calcites that contrast with the dark Clinoclore and Micas. Almost every year a few choice specimens trickle out of Karur, they can be incredible and are unlike any Amethyst from any other locality. Better in person too.
A delicate slender scepter of well formed Amethyst rises from a cluster of smaller crystals. Very fine esthetics and good color in perfect condition. The scepter is included by red needles of Rutile best seen in the clear parts of the head. This specimen also has the rare hexagonal hole or negative crystal in the top of the termination, this is especially impressive with magnification. Despite the small size this has a strong visual impact and is especially choice on close examination.