Huge, 6.9" Carved and Polished Amethyst Skull

This is a 6.9" long hand carved/polished skull made out of chevron amethyst. The quality of the polish and sculpting is wonderful. The underside of the skull and the nostrils have been hollowed-out, making the specimen closer in resemblance to a real skull.

There is a straight line of gap fill that runs across the mandible of this polished skull, right below the bottom set of teeth. This repair has been reflected in the price.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) that owes its violet color to natural gamma irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result 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, where they are found in hydrothermally-formed geodes, but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations. They are almost always formed in medium- to high-temperature geological settings.

Quartz var. Amethyst
6.9" long, 5.5" tall, 4.8" wide