4" Shangaan Smoky Amethyst Scepter - Chibuku Mine, Zimbabwe

Shangaan amethyst is the trade name for beautiful, smoky amethyst mined by the Shangaan tribal people. It comes from the Chibuku mine located in Zimbabwe near the border with Mozambique. Shangaan amethyst is a relatively new find, just appearing on the commercial market in the last few years.

These distinctive crystals are often very dark in color and contain small, red hematite flake inclusions peppered throughout. These crystals known to frequently form individual scepters and and occasionally include enhydro's or small bubbles of water trapped within. You can look for an enhydro in your crystal by backlighting the specimen and rotating the crystal, looking for the movement of bubbles in water within the crystal.

This specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.
Quartz var. Smoky Amethyst & Hematite
Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe
4" long