2.2" Amethyst Crystal Cluster with Spotted Phantoms - China

This is a beautiful, 2.2" wide amethyst crystal cluster that features spotted phantoms within, likely a result of epidote or hematite inclusions. It comes from the Hongxizhen unnamed mining area in the Sichuan Province of China. The base of this specimen has been cut flat for presentation.

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.

Quartz var. Amethyst
Hongxizhen Unnamed Mining Area, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi, Sichuan, China
2.2" wide