This is a rather unique specimen of amethyst. Usually, when amethyst from Brazil forms, the crystals are lighter at the base and get darker as they grow. However, this piece has done the opposite, leaving rather clear crystals sitting on top of a dark purple base. This gives the pieces a completely different look than the others. Not to mention, there are some small calcite crystals tucked away too!
Amethyst is arguably the most popular mineral known to man. Many people are familiar with the beauty of its purple hues. Amethyst is a variation of quartz that contains trace amounts of iron. When the mineral is exposed to radioactive gamma rays, it is irradiated, producing the purple color we know and love. The saturation of the amethyst depends on the amount of iron present.
Amethyst is a near-perfect health stone. It is used for relieving nightmares and insomnia. It enhances focus in both meditation and protection from psychic attacks. Amethyst is often used to help soothe the nervous system.
Chemical Formula: SiO₂
Size:4.7 x 4.7 x 3.0 in.
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