Amethyst on Calcite
7.4 x 5.8 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A small cabinet sized plate of small greenish Calcite crystals is the matrix for a complex array of doubly terminated Amethyst. The Quartz is in perfect condition, very lustrous and fully transparent, it makes a great contrast with the vivid purple on green. This has a flowerlike look in person, Some of the crystals are sceptered and reverse sceptered. Good magnification also show some slender red inclusions that may be hematite or another mineral. Pretty and unusual a very nice example from this moist inusual locality at Karur in Southern India.
A most unusual Quartz with a perfect stepped hexagonal cavity in place of the typical pointed termination. A very esthetic piece with no damage. From the amazing finds at Karur, this specimen has a complex matrix of Quartz, Calcite and Muscovite that holds the 4.2 CM main Quartz scepter. The upper section or head is a glassy deep purple Amethyst while the shaft is Smoky Quartz.
A row of gemmy sceptered Amethyst crystals showing fine form. From the remarkable and unique deposits in the Karur area of Tamil Nadu (India), these crystals show inclusions of red to golden needles of Lepidocrocite. A pretty piece with very bright purple color concentrated in the terminations. The terminations are well-defined and undamaged.
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.