Incredible form on this Indian specimen. A radiating burst of amethysts is the base for perfect scepters that are very slender, twisted and have lepidocrocite needles inside some tips with a red color. In pristine condition, no damage seen even with 10x magnification. from the amazing finds at Karur in Tamil Nadu, this level of perfection and esthetics is very very rare. Better in person this piece was selected from many hundreds of good pieces as on a quality level of its own.
Quartz v. Amethyst -
stock #A 32-053
8 x 6.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
An incredibly formed Quartz- a "mushroom cap" style Amethyst on a contrasting matrix (this is not a scepter but more like an umbrella). In outstanding condition with great form and color, this is a very rare habit, I have only seen one other specimen. The Karur diggings have occasionally produced some exotic Quartz and this is a great example of "exotic". Below the fringe line of the cap a few tiny single crystals some sceptered protrude like little fingers. Complex parallel and stacked crystals in radial form join at the peak of the cap in a crude termination of sorts. Even the matrix is unusual, a mix of small crystals of Calcite, Quartz, Albite, Clinoclore etc that is much like some Alpine matrixes. A very special addition for any fine Quartz suite.
A very esthetic and unique flowerform Amethyst from the amazing discoveries at Tamil Nadu. At the top of the starburst or flower this has single larger petal or crystal that is wider and flatter but is also hoppered, skeletal and loaded with interesting inclusions. Undamaged and complete (which is rare for this habit) and with the deepest possible purple color this is a striking display piece. We have been quite active gathering the best of this location and this is a standout.
Amethyst- flower form
stock #Alec- 24-412
8.4 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
Bright luster, rich color and with very fine esthetics, this is a choice Amethyst flower from Karur. This form of Quartz is known from just a few locations (Brazil etc) but by far the best color, clarity and sharpest habits are from Tamil Nadu in Karur, India. This locality produces small numbers of specimens in a good year, some years there are almost none. This is far better than average, better in person. Close examination shows most crystals are thickly included with golden needles, much like Rutile but usually identified as Lepidocrocite.
A killer thumbnail of conjoined scepters with amazing form and perfection. The scepter heads have many tiny inclusions that look like rutile but could be lepidocrocite or similar material. The delicate purple color is softly zoned and all is fully transparent. No damage, from recent finds at Karur, we are very active seeking good materials from this locality, it has great potential but produces very few fine pieces like this. Exceptional for the locale or from anyplace. Choice, esthetic and really unusual.
4 x 3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A sharp flower-like spray of Amethyst with Lepidocrocite needle inclusions. A choice miniature of rich color and luster from the unique finds at Karur in Southern India. Many of the individual crystals in the spray are sceptered, overall in good condition there are some broken crystals that keeps the price down yet are not distracting.
Top rich purple color, fine form and in excellent condition, this is a very choice Karur flower. These radiating clusters of crystals are distinctive, and unlike "flowerlike" radiating groups found anyplace else, top pieces can have gem clear deep colored crystals and brilliant luster. This is one of that calibre. Few have such perfect condition and intense color, there is only one tiny spot of chipping on the backside, the front is fully perfect. In addition the crystals are rutilated, with magnification they are densely filled with red needles of Rutile. Several crystals show scepter forms or the rare hollow hexagonal cavity in the terminations. Very exotic, unusual and pretty specimen.
A killer miniature with outstanding form. From the Karur area comes all sorts of unusual quartz and this is a very fine example. The fingers of Amethyst are reaching up from a pale crystalline base that adds a nice contrast. The deep purple amethyst crystals are in several habits most are also rather crooked and twisted. The whole effect is almost like a gothic cathedral. Very clearly not a typical Indian specimen!