4" Dark Purple Amethyst Cluster - Alacam Mine, Turkey

This is a beautiful purple cluster of amethyst crystals that have been collected from Turkey. It contains many dark grape juice colored crystals with remarkable luster.

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 deposit occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.

Turkey amethyst mines are some of the locations that are known for producing spectacular deep purple amethyst. The amethyst will typically form as a pseudomorph after barite, usually leaving some specimens with a wave-like or hill and valley appearance.

Quartz var. Amethyst
Alacam Amethyst Mine, Balikesir Province, Turkey
4" wide