8.1" Sparkly, Amethyst Geode Section on Metal Stand

This is a gorgeous amethyst geode section from the famous amethyst mines near Artigas, Uruguay. Part of the "rind" has been polished to reveal the underlying mineral layers, along with some of the stalactitic formations. There is a small cluster of calcite crystals on this specimen.

The included custom metal display stand makes for a very aesthetic display.

While Brazil 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) that owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, resulting 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, but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.

Quartz var. Amethyst
Artigas, Uruguay
8.1" tall, 8.2" wide, 11.6" tall on stand