Massive, 43" Amethyst Geode with Metal Stand - Uruguay

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This is a massive amethyst geode from the famous amethyst mines near Artigas, Uruguay. The geode itself is 43" tall, but it stands 60" tall including the custom, metal display base.

The edge of this amethyst geode has been polished and the crystals within the geode exhibit excellent color. There are stalacite-like formations throughout this specimen. The "rind" has been polished all the way around to show off the mineral transition layers between the rock and amethyst crystals. We can pretty much guarantee this incredible specimen will look even better in person than in the photos.

This stunning specimen includes the custom metal display stand shown in the photos. The geode measures 43" tall, 27" wide at its widest point and is 13" deep. On the stand, this specimen stands just over 60" (5 feet tall). We don't have an exact weight, but including the base it's probably around 500 lbs.

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.

Quartz var. Amethyst & Calcite
Artigas, Uruguay
Geode is 43" tall by 27" wide, 60" tall on stand