This large cabinet specimen features the wall of a pocket, lined with sharp, lustrous amethyst crystals. The colour is the classic Thunder Bay amethyst combination of medium purple together with significant red, from included hematite. Unlike the walls of many vugs and pockets, this one is quite three-dimensional with undulating crystal-covered surfaces and a long ridge-like feature across the top of the piece. In excellent condition for a specimen of its size, a few crystals are chipped. The bottom has been cut flat with a diamond saw to reduce weight and maximize the display angle.
This is a beautiful and amazing display specimen!
Shipping note: due to the size and weight of this specimen, there will be additional shipping, to cover the cost. If you are ordering from Canada or the US, the automated order form will deduct only the standard fee and I will email you about the additional amount.
About These Thunder Bay Amethysts
Amethyst from the Thunder Bay District is among the finest in North America, and specimens grace museums and private collections worldwide. The specimens in this group are truly special – they are the top quality Thunder Bay amethyst. Excellent-quality Thunder Bay amethyst is very hard to obtain, primarily because decent-sized vugs collapsed during late-stage formation and post-formation – Mother Nature has damaged the pocket contents before the first human eyes even see them. These specimens are from the collection of David Nicklin, representing the best of all specimens he and his son Ian mined at the Diamond Willow Mine over a period of over 30 years. They are absolutely remarkable for their lustre, colours and lack of damage compared to the vast majority of Thunder Bay amethysts mined over the years. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a Thunder Bay amethyst from a special lot – we don’t expect to be able to see a lot like this again in the future.
An article is on the website: Thunder Bay Amethyst (click here). It features lots of photos, including an image sequence of the mining process used by by David and Ian Nicklin to recover amethyst specimens at the Diamond Willow Mine.
Important Note: This lot of Thunder Bay amethyst specimens is being offered jointly with my good friend and collecting partner David Joyce (www.davidkjoyceminerals.com). Different specimens are posted on each of our websites. I hope you will enjoy seeing the ones on his site too: click here.