stock #SOLD 12.1-094
5.7 x 4.9 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A radiating circular spray of Amethyst crystals that forms a flower-like form. These flowers or suns, as they are also called, are well-known from Irai in Brazil but less well-known from Tamil Nadu in India. The Indian examples often have richer color and brighter luster, but are smaller than the Brazilian pieces. This is a choice Indian piece with excellent form, vivid color and luster, in excellent condition. Very close examination will reveal that many of the crystals a included with tiny needle crystals of golden and red color Rutile. These are still sometimes found in small quantities but the best were found in 2012, this piece is from that period.
6.4 x 5.2 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Deep vivid purple Amethyst in a flower form which is much more rounded or ball like than we usually see. From the amazing finds at Tamil Nadu, the Amethysts contrasts well with the matrix which includes several clusters of small Calcite crystals. The Calcite is fluorescent as well. No damage, and very three dimensional.
Sparkling clusters of very clear crystals of Quartz in aligned groups that also have very small needle inclusions of red Rutile. This is from the remarkable deposits of Amethyst at Tamil Nadu (India), that are unique in the world. A few crystals also have sharp hexagonal voids replacing the point of the termination (negative termination). Unusual and attractive, better in person and in fine condition too.
A remarkable and very esthetic specimen from the amazing Karur finds in Tamil Nadu. A perfect rosette of transparent Amethysts sits on a contrasting matrix. The matrix also hosts a sharp scalenohedral crystal that was originally a Calcite but is now pseudomorphed to Quartz. The color and condition are both top notch, there is no damage and the color is very strong in person. The matrix is also quite impressive under magnification there are many small included greenish- yellow Quartz and white Calcites that contrast with the dark Clinoclore and Micas. Almost every year a few choice specimens trickle out of Karur, they can be incredible and are unlike any Amethyst from any other locality. Better in person too.
A delicate slender scepter of well formed Amethyst rises from a cluster of smaller crystals. Very fine esthetics and good color in perfect condition. The scepter is included by red needles of Rutile best seen in the clear parts of the head. This specimen also has the rare hexagonal hole or negative crystal in the top of the termination, this is especially impressive with magnification. Despite the small size this has a strong visual impact and is especially choice on close examination.
Two generations of Quartz with the later growth of Amethyst being unusual bent scepters. Excellent color and in fine condition the contrast with the white Quartz is excellent and the purple is nicely zoned, intense and lustrous. From the remarkable Amethyst discoveries in Karur, this has an especially delicate and eyecatching appeal but the real uniqueness is the unusual scepter form.
Incredible form on this Indian specimen. A radiating burst of amethysts is the base for perfect scepters that are very slender, twisted and have lepidocrocite needles inside some tips with a red color. In pristine condition, no damage seen even with 10x magnification. from the amazing finds at Karur in Tamil Nadu, this level of perfection and esthetics is very very rare. Better in person this piece was selected from many hundreds of good pieces as on a quality level of its own.
Quartz v. Amethyst -
8 x 6.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
An incredibly formed Quartz- a "mushroom cap" style Amethyst on a contrasting matrix (this is not a scepter but more like an umbrella). In outstanding condition with great form and color, this is a very rare habit, I have only seen one other specimen. The Karur diggings have occasionally produced some exotic Quartz and this is a great example of "exotic". Below the fringe line of the cap a few tiny single crystals some sceptered protrude like little fingers. Complex parallel and stacked crystals in radial form join at the peak of the cap in a crude termination of sorts. Even the matrix is unusual, a mix of small crystals of Calcite, Quartz, Albite, Clinoclore etc that is much like some Alpine matrixes. A very special addition for any fine Quartz suite.