Amethyst, Citrine Spirit (Cactus) Quartz... Magaliesburg Crystals
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Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster
Extra Large Rare dark purple spirit quartz cluster with stunning large crystals and rich Amethyst with even a few darker
phantom lines inside the crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. Only about
one percent (1%) of the specimens from this area yield this rare deep purple color. This superb specimen has over a
dozen large definite Quartz points with beautiful purple phantoms with purple large "Cactus" points around the largest
point in a base of quartz and citrine. It is truly an attention getter. There are a few white mineral surface spots on the
two largest points. It is believed this is from contact with other points while forming. This specimen was procured direct
from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped direct to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.
This Specimen weighs 53.1 oz or 3.319 lbs (1.5 kg)
and measures 5.5 x 4.9 x 4.2 inches (14 x 12.6 x 10.7 cm)
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The Magaliesberg is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world at 2300 million years old, or 100 times the age of
the Himalayas. The Magaliesberg Mountain Range is located in the Gauteng Province near Pretoria, South Africa. The
small crystals that encase the bases of larger crystals identify Magaliesberg crystal, which forms as Quartz, Amethyst,
Citrine or Ametrine, or even sometimes as a combination of these. The variations in formation are probably due to the
age of the Magaliesberg, and the fact that this range is considered to be "the cradle of humankind".

A large number of the Magaliesberg crystals exhibit the properties of a "record keeper" (one or more raised perfect
triangles located on one or more of the crystal faces). Metaphysically a "record keeper" is a crystal within which
wisdom is stored, and from which the ancient knowledge and profound secrets of the universe can be psychically
retrieved. These amethyst rock specimens are being marketed as a brand new find but in fact have been a well kept
secret.  They appear in the book "Minerals of South Africa" with a photo dating back to 1987.  The mine location of the
digs has always been a closely kept secret and for some time these unusual crystals disappeared into the "myths" of
time. Suddenly they are available again.

Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word "amethystos" meaning "not drunk" or "not intoxicated".  It is one of the
favorite gem-quality minerals found in the Quartz family.  Its color ranges from light lilac or lavender to the deep, rich,
dark purples and violets...the latter (named Siberian Amethyst) being the most sought after, especially when containing
flashes of red.  The lighter lilac and lavender specimens of Amethyst have been nicknamed "Rose de France" by the
gem trade.  Experts believe Amethyst gets its color from trace amounts of Iron (other theories attribute it to Manganese
or hydrocarbons) present during the formation of the Quartz.  It is stated that "as much Iron as would fit on the head of a
pin can color one cubic foot of Quartz."

Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities (geodes) in lava. It occurs in crystalline masses.  
When conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals that are usually grown from a base.  These crystals are most often
not well developed, and so are generally found as clusters of crystal points and are called Amethyst Drusy.  Although
most commonly found in geodes, Amethyst is sometimes found as a stalactite. When heated, Amethyst loses its color,
so it is best to keep these crystals from extended exposure to the sun.  If heated intensely, the purple color of Amethyst
will change to yellow...thus making it Citrine.  Most commercial Citrine is made in this manner.  When natural Citrine
and natural Amethyst grow together in the same crystal they normally contain alternating bands of purple and
orange/yellow and have been given the name Ametrine.

Another interesting form of Amethyst clusters from the Magaliesberg area of South Africa are characterized by tiny
crystals that envelop the shaft of the main crystal, and have earned the names "Spirit Amethyst", "Spirit Quartz",
"Cactus Quartz", "Fairy Quartz", or "Angel Quartz".
Item # 72DASQ021817221

Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark
Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from
KwaNdebele South Africa

$295.00
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Item # 77SAQC02187060A
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$20.00
The Spirit Amethyst Cactus Quartz specimens listed below are from South Africa. The color is evenly shaded and is very beautiful Pale
Lilac. These are classic specimens from the classic locale of South Africa.  As is typical of specimens from this locale, there are minor
influences from citrine. Photos taken outdoors in afternoon overcast
day with dim amount of sun. May appear lighter color in brighter light
KwaNdebele Spirit Quartz

KwaNdebele (or place of the Ndebele) is an area of 1 970 km² (761 sq mi) that lies in the north-eastern side of South
Africa, about 180 Km (112 mi) from Johannesburg and was zoned as a semi-independent homeland for the Ndebele
people in the late 1970's. The homeland was granted self-rule in April 1981. KwaNdebele legislature expressed
interest in seeking independence in May 1982 and some preparations were made, but an exceptional lack of viability
in economic affairs along with land disputes prevented this from occurring. KwaNdebele was re-integrated into South
Africa in April 1994. It now forms part of the Mpumalanga province.

This area is well-known for its cactus quartz that occurs in shades from clear to citrine (caused by iron oxide coating)
and amethyst. The local miners did not understand the meaning of 'amethyst', so two of the main buyers asked these
miners whether they had crystals for sale that had the color of spirits (referring to methylated spirits). Subsequently the
local miners then started calling these 'spirits quartz'. Not always knowing the origin of this description, eventually
people started talking about 'spirit' quartz.
White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster
A brilliant clear-white spirit quartz cluster that has been professionally cleaned. This piece is absolutely
stunning. These natural white specimens are very much in demand worldwide. This superb specimen has over
a dozen large definite Quartz points in a base of quartz and citrine.. It also has smaller "cactus" points visible
over the entire surface of this piece. It is truly an attention getter.  This specimen was procured direct from a
mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped direct to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.
This Specimen weighs 62.7 oz or 3.92 lbs (1.785 kg)
and measures 7.4 x 4 x 3.4 inches (18.9 x 10.1 x 8.6cm)
Item # 73WSQC021869201

Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit
Cactus Quartz Cluster from
KwaNdebele South Africa

$225.00
Rare Purple Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster
Large Cabinet Rare dark purple spirit quartz cluster with stunning large crystals and rich Amethyst with even a few
darker phantom lines inside the crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. Only
about one percent (1%) of the specimens from this area yield this rare deep purple color. This superb specimen has
almost a dozen large to small definite Quartz points with beautiful purple phantoms in a base of quartz and citrine. It is
truly a collectors prize specimen. (Had to talk wife into parting with this one...). This specimen was procured direct from
a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped directly to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.
This Specimen weighs 50 oz or 3.13 lbs (1.42 kg)
and measures 6.3 x 6.1 x 3 inches (16.1 x 15.4 x 7.6 cm)
Item # 74PASQ02187839

Beautiful Large Cabinet Purple
Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from
KwaNdebele South Africa

$249.00
White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster
A brilliant clear-white spirit quartz cluster that has been professionally cleaned. This piece is absolutely
stunning. These natural snow white specimens are very much in demand worldwide. This superb specimen
has over a dozen large and small definite Quartz points in a base of quartz and citrine.. It also has smaller
"cactus" points visible over the entire surface of this piece. It is truly a special collectors specimen! This
specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped directly to us. This is a very
fine large cabinet collection piece.
This Specimen weighs 36.3 oz or 2.27 lbs (1.03 kg)
and measures 5.3 x 3.9 x 2.9 inches (13.5 x 9.9 x 7.4cm)
Item # 75WSQC02183936

Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit
Cactus Quartz Cluster from
KwaNdebele South Africa

$149.00
Sparkling Clear and Purple zoned Spirit Amethyst Plate
Large Cabinet clear and zoned purple spirit amethyst cluster plate with classic and traditional crystals with beautiful
points surrounded by cactus crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. This is a
classic collectors specimen. This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped
directly to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 27.1 oz or 1.69 lbs (769g)
and measures 5.8 x 4.2 x 2.1 inches (15 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm)
Item # 76PASQ02187734

Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit
Amethyst Plate from South Africa

$89.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has one large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with a twin
tip, coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent twi
n tip specimen!
Measures 2.4 x 1.9 x 1.8 inches (62 x 50 x 46mm) and weighs 6oz or 0.37 lb (172g)
Item # 78SAQC02187060B
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$3
6.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has four large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with four
more smaller tips. The four large tips are
coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent
m
ultiple tip specimen!
Measures 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.6 inches (72 x 64 x 43mm) and weighs 8oz or 0.5 lb (228g)
Item # 79SAQC02187060C
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$3
4.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has two large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with four
more smaller tips. The t
wo large tips are coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multiple
tip specimen!
Measures 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.98 inches (62 x 55 x 50mm) and weighs 4.7oz or 0.29 lb (134g)
Item # 80SAQC02187060D
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$2
4.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has one large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal coated
with many smaller crystals that envelop the shaft
It also has several small formations coated with smaller crystals. An
excellent o
ne tip specimen!
Measures 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.2 inches (61 x 53 x 32mm) and weighs 3.8oz or 0.24 lb (109g)
Item # 81SAQC02187060E
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$24.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has two large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal points
completely overgrown and three points (one of which is a twin point)
coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the
shaft. An excellent m
ulti tip specimen!
Measures 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.7 inches (75 x 57 x 44mm) and weighs 6.2oz or 0.39 lb (176g)
Item # 82SAQC02187060F
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$3
0.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling lilac amethyst crystal points coated
with many smaller crystals that envelop the shaft
s. An excellent multi tip specimen!
Measures 1.9 x 1.9 x 1.7 inches (50 x 50 x 44mm) and weighs 4.1oz or 0.25 lb (117g)
Item # 83SAQC02187060G
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$2
9.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling pale lilac amethyst crystal points
coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multi tip specimen!
Measures 2.1 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches (55 x 34 x 34mm) and weighs 2.6oz or 0.16 lb (75g)
Item # 84SAQC02187060H
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
from South Africa

$2
5.00
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster
This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling pale lilac amethyst crystal points
coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multi tip specimen!
Measures 1.8 x 1.7 x 1 inches (47 x 43 x 26mm) and weighs 2.2oz or 0.14 lb (63.5g)