3.2" Double-Terminated, Hematite Included Amethyst Crystal - Namibia

This is a gorgeous, double-terminated amethyst crystal that contains vibrant red hematite inclusion. The deepest purple coloration is focused near both ends of the crystal, with lighter purple coloration at its center. This specimen was collected from the Goboboseb Mountains of Namibia.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) that owes its violet color to natural gamma irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It is 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 deposits occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay, where they are found in hydrothermally-formed geodes, but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations. They are almost always formed in medium- to high-temperature geological settings.

Quartz var. Amethyst & Hematite
Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia
3.2" long