21.1" Sparkling Orange/Silver Druzy Quartz Geode Section - Uruguay

This is an alluring druzy quartz geode section from the amethyst mines near Artigas, Uruguay. The crystals have a lovely silver-grey and orange coloration as a result of the underlying rock and iron oxidation. The edges ("rind") and stalactitic formations of the geode have been nicely polished to a glossy finish.

This beautiful specimen is accompanied by the pictured custom metal stand creating a very aesthetic display piece.

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 & Chalcedony var. Agate
Artigas, Uruguay
21.1" wide, 12.4" tall, 17" tall on stand