2.5" Sparkly Druzy Quartz Cabochon - Artigas, Uruguay

This is a sparkling quartz crystal cluster that has been cut along the edges and back, and polished to a matte-finish. This cabochon would make for a good large pendant or center piece on a necklace, or be a nice display piece on its own. This specimen was collected from the famed amethyst mines of Artigas, Uruguay.

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.

Artigas, Uruguay
2.5" wide