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Lot 0053
South America, Urugay, millions and millions of years old. A huge amethyst crystal quartz cluster, a natural mineral specimen lining the interior of a geode assuming the shape of an upside-down teardrop. The name of this popular purple gemstone is Greek in origin and means "not drunken." Some scholars suggest that this was due to the belief that amethyst had the power to stave off the effects of alcohol; however, most believe that the Greeks were probably referring to the near wine-like hue of some amethyst stones. The deeply saturated violet coloring of this specimen is absolutely breathtaking, and the cut and polished edge presents a mesmerizing layered pattern of golden brown, mauve, lavendar, and white hues. Probably hundreds of millions of years old, this amethyst truly ROCKS! Truly a remarkable work of natural art presented upon a custom, museum-quality stand. Weight: 6.2 lbs (2812 grams) Size: 9" L x 8.75" W (22.9 cm x 22.2 cm); 11.75" H (29.8 cm) on stand

Provenance: Ex- Uruguay collection

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As taken from the ground, simply sublime. Polished periphery.

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Lovely Amethyst Geode Section - Finest Purple Crystals

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 10, 2016