Cabinet, 10.7 x 6.2 x 3.7 cm
Valenciana Mine, Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico

An intensely grape-juice purple amathyst cluster from the famous finds of 1991, a find which combined the famous color of the locality with both size AND luster. Most pockets had 1 or 2 of these qualities, but not all three in the same specimen. Still to this day, this is remembered as one of the best pockets ever from the locale, and I would argue it ranks among the best pockets of amethyst, period. The piece is complete all around, showing wonderful 3-dimensionality in volume; except only for a few small contacts and one unfortunate conchoidal chip on the lower part of the termination of the central (smallest) crystal among the vertical points. Nevertheless, it is elegant and dramatic overall, and quite fine as a display piece. The piece was purchased in 1991 by Hubert de Monmonier, after the find. It was never cleaned until I obtained in in an deal with the University of Arizona Museum, where his collection was bequeathed. Approx 210 grams. Formerly on display for several years in the Monmonier collection exhibition at UA.