57" Giant Amethyst Geode with Metal Stand - Top Quality

This spectacular geode was carefully extracted from the hard basalt formations near Artigas, Uruguay. It was then masterfully prepared by the local expert craftsman to create a natural work of art. The geode itself is 57" tall, and stands 78" tall when including the sturdy custom metal display base. This enormous geode is the (much) larger half of a geode we acquired about a year ago and sold earlier this year (2022).

The "rind" has been polished all the way around to show off the mineral transition layers between the rock and amethyst crystals. These crystals bear deep purple coloration and formed in association with large calcite crystals along the top right corner of the geode. They are sitting right along the edge and have been polished, revealing the cross section, though some calcite crystal faces can still be seen within the geode.

This stunning specimen includes the custom metal display stand shown in the photos. The geode measures 57" tall, 45" wide at its widest point and is 9" thick. The interior cavity measures 40" by 36.5", and on the stand, this specimen stands at 6.5 feet (just under 2 meters).

Due to the size and weight of this piece it will be shipped on a pallet or in a crate via freight. Our website can't automatically calculate freight shipping costs so these costs will be calculated and billed after purchase. Please contact us prior to purchase if you need a shipping quote.


While Brazil to the north 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) 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.


FOR SALE
$28,500
DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz var. Amethyst & Calcite
LOCATION
Artigas, Uruguay
SIZE
Geode: 57" tall, 45" wide, 9" thick. 78" tall on stand
ITEM
#232776