Hasavarka, Prepolar Ural, Komi Republic, Northern Region, Russia
Cabinet, 11.5 x 9.0 x 8.8 cm
Russia was once known for its fine historic Amethyst locations, and in particular Hasavarka for it sceptered Amethysts - although they are very rarely seen for sale today. The crystals have good purple color with wisps of Smoky throughout, and the luster is superb. The outer zones of the Amethysts are quite gemmy and refractive, creating an additional 'sparkle' that adds even more to the aesthetic... Read more
Lustrous and translucent, amethystine colored crystals of creedite, to 9 mm in length, totally cover the display side of this specimen. The purple creedites are far rarer than their orange cousins. Orange creedite from Mexico is abundant on the market today from more modern finds - however, fine purple creedite, like this, is far less available. These were found only a few times, more than 20 year... Read more
This is a rare calcite inside an amethyst geode, from this ancient and classic locality. We do not see many on the market today. Idar remains today, even after the exhaustion of its famous crystal deposits, the center of world lapidary skill and craftsmanship. Emplaced aesthetically on slightly amethystine quartz is a lustrous and translucent, golden amber colored calcite crystal measuring 4.5 cm ... Read more
Aesthetically perched on a minor amount of matrix, are four crystals of lustrous and translucent, lavender colored amethyst, to 6.3 cm in length. All four crystals exhibit beautiful sceptering at their bases, making this an extremely aesthetic example from these finds. From the personal collection of Jason New, a longtime importer and collector of Mexican material.
Kuridala, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Large Cabinet, 31.0 x 23.0 x 11.5 cm
I was fascinated by this specimen the last time I was in Melbourne, Australia, and saw an amethyst plate like this sitting in an important collection of Aussie classics and locales. I couldn't believe it was from Australia! But this is indeed from Australia, and was in Robert Sielecki's personal collection until we made an exchange. I think, for sheer size and color, it is an important piece (espe... Read more
Valenciana Mine, Mun. de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
Cabinet, 10.6 x 9.0 x 5.3 cm
I first purchased this specimen from a health spa owner, who had her resort in the town of Guanajuato, and drove to shows in Texas and Tucson in the early 1990s. It remained in my longtime collection of Calcites, which I built up until 1997, and then when I sold a few items in the early 2000's it went to my good friend and customer, Dave Stoudt. It resided in his own Mexico collection for another ... Read more
An old classic, rarely seen on the market today! Perched aesthetically on a matrix of light smoky quartz crystals is a sceptered, intensely color zoned amethyst crystal with three distinct terminations. The amethyst measures 3.5 cm across, and exhibits good luster and translucence along with a rich color. Very minor bruising on the tips of the terminations is of little consequence to it as a displ... Read more
A sharp smoky quartz crystal with amethyst highlights from an antique old Russian locale, from the important collections of both William S. Vaux and his relation George Vaux (note the initials WSV at the bottom of his handwritten label, indicating its inheritance!). This specimen rises from a slender shard of matrix covered by small quartzes, and is very aesthetic in person! The label is in the ha... Read more
What an elegant Las Vigas amethyst! Most are small crystals shooting up from matrix, or loose clusters of fatter crystals, but this particular piece strikes me for the geometry, and the aerial perch of the large doubly-terminated crystal right in the middle of the cluster. I think you could spend much more money for a much less interesting example from this locality, that doesn't stand out nearly ... Read more
Purchased form thhe Zweibels in 1970 for $225, this would have ranked quite highly at the very time the finds were coming out to command such a princely price for a little guy at the time. And, by modern standards, it IS a supremely good miniature with incredible transparency, glassy luster, and fat, pristine crystals in a 360-degree cluster. These are razor sharp and have a brilliant luster. Fat ... Read more
A large smoky/amethystine, enhydro, scepter! This crystal has stunning luster. It is a perfect, gemmy crystal with an obvious enclosed (enhydro) water bubble crossing the main face of the crystal. Wonderful eye appeal.
This amethyst specimen from the Brandberg mountains is a great example of amethyst but a very atypical example of quartz! Note the scepters to the left and right, on quartz cores. Yet, the middle crystal grades elegantly into the amethyst termination without creating a scepter effect. Bizarre, on the same specimen!? In any case this is a lovely, 360 degree group of dark purple amethyst on top of m... Read more
A gorgeous, 3-D, splayed matrix group of light amethystine quartz. Note that while two of the crystals are show reverse scepter form at their tips (on either edge), the core crystals in the center show normal terminations - a neat contrast!
A unique specimen, like none I have seen before from this region. It features a superb, gemmy, transparent, twinned calcite measuring 3 cm across, perched with smaller calcites cascading down the termination of a deep purple amehtyst point. It is amazing such a thing survived being found and cut out of the enclosing amethyst cathedral in which it surely grew. The luster, and contrasting colors, th... Read more
This is a large amethyst plate from an important locality mined for specimens only in recent years, the Anahi mine high up several hundred miles east of the Andes in the Pantanal. The largest crystals measure to 15 cm. While many good plates have come out, it is difficult to obtain specimens of this size that have both some aesthetics in 3-dimensions, and aren't beat to heck by the laborious trip ... Read more
A cluster of gemmy and glassy, mostly colorless quartz crystals, to 4.0 cm in length, have amethystine color centers in their terminal faces. The purple color centers have created lovely and distinct phantoms.
RARE FOR THE LOCALITY, this is an INTENSE amethyst specimen with sharp crystals on quartz matrix. Most unusual to get on matrix! These lustrous, rather equant, amethyst crystals are to 6.0 cm in length, complexly intergrown. There is no major damage to the core area, beyond a few trivial dings to secondary crystals. There is some minor edge wear here and there; and peripheral damage around the edg... Read more
This matrix specimen features about a dozen rather equant, glassy amethyst crystals, to 2.5 cm across. They are "cute," just perched amidst a nest of clear quartz so smartly. Some of the pristine amethyst crystals are doubly-terminated; others have formed scepters. The deepest lavender color is centered at the terminations, which has resulted in formation of internal zones and "phantoms." A really... Read more
Framed by three smaller crystals is a magnificent, 11.8 cm tall, sceptered quartz crystal. A colorless stem leads to a huge, lustrous and translucent, rich lavender colored termination with smoky colored overtones. There is even a coating of brown hematite on some of the terminal faces.
This is the largest crystal in good condition I was able to find, and it is amazingly impactful for the sheer size of royal purple crystal looking back at you from a case. The color is like grape jelly, as good as the best amethyst from Uruguay. The crystal is remarkably complete all around 360 except for the most trivial micro-wear and a single very shallow ding that is hard to notice on the left... Read more
Taolin Mine, Yueyang City, Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 5.5 x 3.6 cm
A really interesting specimen with a scepterd amethyst on a clear quartz, and then the amethyst also cascades down the side of the quartz crystal to end in a second termination. There is a slight ding at the rear of the upper amethyst term, but overall its in good shape and that is not visible from the front, anyhow, if the piece is displayed properly. This is an old specimen which I purchased fro... Read more
People underestimate truly fine prehnites, I think. They are thought of as common, perhaps. But well crystallized pieces are not, and this piece is not only well crystallized, but aesthetically arranged in interconnected clusters like bubbles. It is complete all around and pristine. I LOVE it! I do not say that often about the species, either. The sparkling luster, and pleasing pastel color, plus ... Read more
Often times, one encounters Citrine gems on the market that were heated to turn them yellow. Typically these stones start out as natural Amethyst and are altered to create the yellow color. This stone is more than likely a heated gem that was once Amethyst. With that said, this stone is very good size, with great color saturation and unique cutting. It is virtually eye clean with a "Modified Marqu... Read more
A superb amethyst from this locality, with an unusually robust crystal centered nicely on matrix. The crystal is 5.5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm. Interestingly, this was purchased from the childhood collection of Dr. Joel Bartsch, current president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Joe Budd Photos.
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Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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