South America, Uruguay, millions and millions of years old. A section of amethyst (purple quartz) and white/clear quartz crystals from the interior lining of a large geode. This example is oriented vertically, forming a long cavern with gorgeous texture. Around the cut edges of the exterior are bright orange deposits that contrast beautifully with the deep purple interior. 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. Size: 15.5" W x 31.5" H (39.4 cm x 80 cm) stand Size: 15.5" W x 39.5" H (39.4 cm x 100.3 cm)
Provenance: private Bolivian company
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