2.7" Double-Terminated Amethyst Crystal on Quartz - See Video!

This is a phenomenal, double-terminated amethyst crystal that formed from a quartz crystal encrusted, hematite matrix. The amethyst crystal is covered in smaller quartz crystals and contains countless inclusions. Some of these inclusions are moss-like, some resemble bubbles and some are quartz crystals. The double-terminated amethyst crystal is 2.7" long and the entire specimen measures 3.1 x 3.1". Photos truly don't do this gorgeous specimen justice.

It's likely that this specimen was collected from the Lechang Mine, however no information was provided regarding location.

While this specimen doesn't necessarily need a stand for presentation, it is accompanied by an acrylic stand for preferred orientation.

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

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Hematite is a fairly common mineral, typically responsible for the red-brown coloration that can be found in other minerals and rocks. The chemical composition of hematite is Fe2O3, occasionally containing small amounts of titanium (variable formula (Fe,Ti)2O3). Much of the time, non-crystalline hematite specimens are the result of a transformation from limonite following loss of water.

Quartz, Quartz var. Amethyst & Hematite
Lechang County, Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
2.7" amethyst crystal. Entire specimen 3.1 x 3.1"