Quartz, var. Amethyst
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Quartz, var. Amethyst

Specimen # 200006
Mineral: Quartz, var. Amethyst
Location: Quartz, variety Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Size: 13.4 x 10.6 x 7.1 cm


Detailed Description

This is a classy large cabinet specimen of Thunder Bay amethyst, hosting brilliantly-lustrous medium purple crystals with minor hematite inclusions. It stands perfecly on its broader, heavy base and tapers to become thinner at the top. The display side of this piece has nice curvature, presenting about 180 degrees of clustered crystals, while the backside shows signs of brecciation and recrystallization. In excellent condition – no damage, except a chip and a few contacts across the back of the top edge.

Just remarkable, the glassiness and lustre, this is a first-class piece and one of the finest in the collection.

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.

Browse More Thunder Bay Amethysts (click here)

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.

A new 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.

Additional information

Dimensions 134 × 106 × 71 cm