Shangaan Amethyst is a trade name for smoky amethyst found in the Chibuku Mine located in Zimbabwe, near Mozambique. This is a relatively new find, hitting the market just a few years ago. Specimens from this location are often darker, containing small inclusions of hematite. They often form in smaller scepters, occasionally containing small bubbles of air trapped in water. These are known as enhydros.
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. Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil produces the world's greatest concentration of amethyst specimens. It most commonly occurs in large volcanic geodes that are cut open to display their inner beauty.
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: 0.9 x 0.6 in.
Weight: 0.2 oz
Location: Chibuku, Zimbabwe
You will receive the specimen pictured. Colors may vary based on screen size and resolution.