7" Quartz "Stalactite" Formation on Metal Stand - Uruguay

 
 
This is a beautiful quartz crystal "stalactite" formation from the famous mines near Artigas, Uruguay. It features many shimmering quartz crystals and comes with a metal stand that it sits in for display. The edges of the specimen and the ends of some of the stalactite formations have been polished to reveal the stunning deep mineral formations. There is some very faint purple coloration to these crystals, however not quite enough to comfortably label the crystals as amethyst.

On the provided display stand, this geode section measures 8.1" tall.

While Brazil to the north is a much more prolific producer of amethyst, the amethyst mined near Artigas, Uruguay tends to be much darker with higher quality crystals. We import out material directly from the mines in Uruguay allowing us to offer it at better retail prices than anyone else. We carry a large variety of geodes, amethyst clusters, and collector quality crystal formations.

Amethyst being mined in Uruguay from the hard volcanic rock.
Amethyst being mined in Uruguay from the hard volcanic rock.


Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It’s considered a semi-precious gemstone, and just two centuries ago was considered to have a value on par with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The largest, and best known amethyst deposit occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz
LOCATION
Artigas, Uruguay
SIZE
Geode section is 7 x 6"
ITEM
#139836