Amethyst is mother nature’s classy version of a quartz crystal!

They are visually stunning and have been in demand for many centuries. Its name derives from the Greek "amethystos", which means "not drunken", as Amethyst in ages past was thought to ward off drunkenness. This gemstone is also said to protect its wearer against seduction. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. If this stone were not so readily available it would be extremely expensive based upon demand.

The color of some Amethyst may slowly fade upon constant exposure to light. Amethyst changes color when it is heated. Amethyst is sometimes heat treated to deepen its color, or to transform it into Citrine. The color of certain varieties can change to a light green color, which is called "Prasiolite". Smoky colored stones can be transformed to a yellow to brownish-red and clear ones may become yellow. The natural geothermal heating sometimes creates multi-color stones, like the specimens found in Bolivia, a variety called Ametrine.

One of the best websites we have found to help "Identify the Location" your specimens came from is www.galleries.com/Amethyst They have an excellent section describing the specimen formations from most of the source locales for Amethyst such as Uruguay, Brazil, Thunder Bay Canada, Mexico and Africa

Brazilian Amethyst crystals are attractive to look at and form in drusy coatings that line the inside of sometimes large volcanic pockets or “vugs”. Some of the vugs form from trees that were engulfed in a lava flow while other vugs are gas bubbles trapped in the lava. Brazilian vugs can be very large and form crystals that are pale lavender to dark purple in color. Please note that on large heavy specimens crystal tips are extremely likely to have extraction damage on outer edges or extended crystal tips. This is common on larger heavier specimens and can be expected unless otherwise stated in the item description. The quality of these for gemstones is not as good as others due to the fact that the color is not consistent throughout the crystal but is on the outer surfaces and on the tops of the crystals. Most clusters form with gray, white and blue agate and have a green exterior on the vugs. Inclusions of calcite and cacoxenite are common.

 

Ametista do Sul is a municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Ametista do Sul is undoubtedly the world's capital of amethyst based upon current current production.  Amethyst may be marked as being from Soledade or Rio Grande do Sul rather than in Ametista because Soledade is the commercial town where most of the amethyst is sold.  Soledade is also a municipality in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The city is nicknamed “Cidade das Pedras Preciosas” in Portugese (the local Brazilian language) meaning “City of Precious Stones”. Much of the amethyst sold in the world comes from the mines of Rio Grande do Sul near Soledade. Most of the factories in Soledade process and sell these stones internationally.

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Amethyst Cathedral (with Calcite Crystals) banded in Blue Chalcedony

$290.00

This is a beautiful Lavender Amethyst Cathedral that has two large calcite crystals neat its center and many small calcite crystal formations in the bottom of the vug. Light purple crystals line the vug, with a border of sky blue chalcedony. Cement has been added (which is the standard practice in Brazil) to the outside of the geode and along the bottom where a base is formed, serving to stabilize the geode, cover all reinforced cracks, and thicken its rim. This is a beautiful cathedral from Brazil.

This specimen weighs 211 oz or 13.3 lbs (6.04 kg) and measures 11 x 7.8 x 4 inches (28 x 19.8 x 10.2 cm ) Ships in a Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 Camera

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Beautiful Large Single Amethyst Point from Brazil

$160.00

This is a beautiful single large point of Amethyst with a well formed shiny purple point of Amethyst on its natural base quartz formation. Specimens this large are rather difficult to find due to extraction damage that tends to split the crystal when it is chiseled out of the host rock formation. This piece is cut flat on the bottom and is a great free standing Amethyst display piece.

This specimen weighs 34 oz or 2.14 lb (968g) and measures 4.1 x 3.7 x 2.5 inches (10.4 x 9.5 x 6.5cm )

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 Camera

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Beautiful Amethyst plate drilled for use with a Light

$160.00

Large and stunning Amethyst Crystal Plate that is drilled at the bottom with a slot for the cord so you can add a light to this specimen if you wish. It has large crystal points that reflect light from many directions. There is a photo showing what the piece looks like with a single 15watt clear christmas type bulb inserted. This piece displays well either way.  A very nice collectible!.

This specimen weighs 57 oz or 3.6 lb (1.63kg) and measures 6.5 x 4.2 x 3 inches (16.7 x 10.6 x 7.5cm )

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 Camera

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Extra Large Amethyst Domed Plate on HD Steel Stand

$460.00

This is an exceptional and rare Amethyst domed specimen from Brazil.  This large plate is on a HD custom metal stand.  There are multiple crystals ranging from deep purple to lavender.  A botryoidal formation is located in the main host rock.  There is a beautiful mix of colors in this specimen.  This piece has a hand chipped basalt host rock.  There is no cement on this specimen. This piece comes with the stand shown in the 1st photo.

This specimen weighs 15lb 12.5oz (7.15kg) and measures 10.9 x 9.4 x 4.8 inches (27.5 x 23.8 x 12.2cm )

The stand weighs 23.6 oz or 1.47 lb (669gr)

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 Camera

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Beautiful Deep Purple Brazilian Amethyst Geode Plate

$450.00

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This is a beautiful geode plate of deep purple Brazilian Amethyst. This specimen was hand chipped from the igneous rock formation in Brazil.  There is no cement on this piece.  Among the large amethyst crystals is a beautiful large calcite crystal that is a real attention getter.

This specimen weighs 14.58lb 14lb9oz (6.61kg) and measures 9.8 x 7 x 4.6 inches (24.8 x 18 x 11.7cm )

The stand weighs 21.7 oz or 1.36 lb (616gr)

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 Camera

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Amethyst Geode Cathedral with Polished Back

$425.00

This is a large Amethyst polished face and back geode Cathedral from Brazil. It has all of the host rock shell removed down to the thick quartz base which has been ground and polished in a freeform type style. It has added cement as a base to make this a free standing display. It has large Amethyst crystals in the fug. When this piece is backlit or viewed wih the sun at its back it becomes a translucent like display. This is a special cathedral for the discerning collector.

This specimen weighs 14 lbs 9 oz (6.61kg) and measures 9.6 x 6.2 x 4.2 inches (24.4 x 15.8 x 10.7 cm )

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 camera.

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Amethyst Geode Cathedral with Polished Back

$560.00

This is a large Amethyst polished face and back geode Cathedral from Brazil. It has all of the host rock shell removed down to the thick quartz base which has been ground and polished in a freeform type style. It has added cement for a base to stabilize it to be a free standing display. It has large Amethyst crystals in the fug. When this piece is backlit or viewed wih the sun at its back it becomes a translucent like display. This is a special cathedral for the discerning collector.

This specimen weighs 18lbs 6 oz (8.32kg) and measures 11.1 x 6.4 x 6 inches (28.4 x 16.4 x 15.3 cm )

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nikon CoolPix L1 camera.

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Brazilian Agate with Amethyst Vug Bookend Set

$149.00

This is a rare and beautiful old stock set of blue chalcedony Brazilian Agate bookends which has a stunning vug of Amethyst topped with white tipped Quartz crystals. The back of these are broken rough face and one piece has a very interesting selentie plate like formation which we believe may be Calcite. This is a very unique and interesting specimen.

This bookend set weighs 61.7 oz or 3.9 lb (1.75kg) and measures when placed together 6.7 x 4.4 x 2 inches (17 x 11.2 x 5.1 cm)

Photos taken outdoors in natural light with a Nilon CoolPix L1 camera

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Amethyst Geode Plates Large Bookend Set

$288.00 

This is a very nice set of Amethyst Geode Plates that have added cement for stabilizing and creating a freestanding base and support for holding books in this large Bookend Set from Brazil. This set will hold your books stable with the beauty of Brazilian purple Amethyst...This set ships in 2 Medium Flat Rate boxes

This set weighs 9 lb 15oz  (4.49kg) and measures 13 x 5.7 x 3.3 inches (33 x 14.5 x 8.4cm )   Side A measures 6.3 x 5.7 x 3.3 inches (16 x 14.5 x 8.4 cm)   Side B measures 7 x 5.7 x 3.3 inches (17.8 x 14.5 x 8.4 cm)

 

 

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Amethyst Plate in Natural Host Rock Bookend Set

$329.00

This is an attractive specimen of large purple Amethyst crystals on a plate supported by natural, hand chipped host rock. This is a rare and amazing bookend set from from Brazil. Photos taken outdoors to show depth of color on this special piece. These are amazing bookends!

This set weighs 11 lbs 2oz  (5.03kg) and measures 9.5 x 6 x 3.4 inches (24.1 x 15.4 x 8.6cm )   Side A measures 4.8 x 6 x 3.4 inches (12.3 x 15.4 x 8.6 cm)   Side B measures 4.4 x 6 x 3.4 inches (11.2 x 15.4 x 8.6 cm)

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1.32 lb Amethyst Crystal Cluster

$60.00   

Beautiful lavender purple crystals with deep purple phantoms adorn this exceptional crystal cluster specimen from Ametista do Sul  in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

It weighs 21.2 oz or 1.32 lb (600g) and measures 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.3 in (11.5 x 8.2 x 5.8cm )

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Amethyst Cluster

$49.00

Beautiful lavender purple crystals with a deep purple mix distinguish this crystal cluster specimen from Ametista do Sul  in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It has larger Amethyst crystals. ..A nice display piece

It weighs 16.4 oz or 1.02 lb (466g) and measures 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.8 in (11 x 6.6 x 4.6cm )

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Amethyst Cluster

$69.00

Beautiful lavender purple crystals with a deeper purple phantoms grace this large crystal cluster specimen from Ametista do Sul  in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It has larger Amethyst crystals. ..A nice display piece

It weighs 29.9 oz or 1.87 lb (849g) and measures 6.3 x 3.1 x 1.8 in (16.2 x 7.9 x 4.6cm )