Calcite, Quartz (Var: Amethyst)
Cabinet, 12.6 x 12.2 x 6.6 cm
Irai, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, South Region, Brazil
Irai was known for these unique calcites, and then the supply seemed to dry up. There were hardly any available at the last year's Tucson show, and they were overpriced, so we bought none. Then, to our surprise, we found a cache of new specimens with one dealer at the small Spring Denver Show last year, and cherry-picked all the best ones, and sold them. Then they disappeared again - until finally, a contact brought us the only specimens we saw at this year's Tucson Show, and we bought the entire lot - the good, the bad and the ugly - in order to get the good ones. This is a relatively large specimen with one big crystal lying flat on its side and others sticking up off the matrix. The matrix is very unusual in that it has purple tones from amethyst mixed with the usual copper-mineral green, adding to the attractiveness of this one. 12.6 x 12.2 x 6.6cm