1.9" Amethyst Crystal on Matrix - Morocco

This is an amethyst crystal that's still attached to its natural matrix from Morocco. The amethyst has a wonderful violet coloration near each termination of the crystal, although there is breakage to one of those terminations. It's accompanied by an aggregation of small quartz crystals that surround the matrix.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It’s 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 but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz var. Amethyst
LOCATION
Morocco
SIZE
1.9" long, 1.3" wide
ITEM
#57037