11" Dark Purple Amethyst Geode On Metal Stand - Uruguay

This is a gorgeous, dark amethyst crystal geode that has been mounted to a metal stand. The cluster itself is 11" tall by 5.1" wide. Including the stand, the specimen is 13.4" tall. The outer edge of the geode has been polished, allowing for display of the various crystal growth layers. There is some breakage to a few crystals near the middle of the geode.

The geode is not removable from the metal stand. A hole has been drilled into the rock surrounding the geode and the metal pole has been inserted and glued into this hole.

While Brazil is a much more prolific producer of amethyst, the amethyst mined near Artigas, Uruguay tends to be much darker with higher quality crystals. We import our material directly from the mines in Uruguay, allowing us to offer it at better retail prices than anyone else. We carry a large variety of geodes, amethyst clusters, and collector quality crystal formations.

Amethyst being mined in Uruguay from the hard volcanic rock.
Amethyst being mined in Uruguay from the hard volcanic rock.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) that owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, resulting 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, but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.

Quartz var. Amethyst
Artigas, Uruguay
11" tall, 5.1" wide. 13.4" tall on stand