Quartz, var. Amethyst
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Quartz, var. Amethyst

Specimen # 200011
Mineral: Quartz, var. Amethyst
Location: Quartz, variety Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Size: 10.1 x 9.6 x 5.2 cm


Detailed Description

A beautiful red Thunder Bay amethyst with large sharp crystals, in unbelievable condition. This plate of crystals detached from the surrounding rock late in the formation phase, with crystallization and re-crystallization surfaces all around it, including on the underside where there are even amethyst crystal terminations from that last part of the phase. This plate seems from one angle to be comprised of hematite-included pale amethyst, but one can see that the amethyst crystals have deep-coloured cores by looking at the edge of the piece. Great sharpness and lustre, with a sparse dusting of the finest quartz, to give a bit of sparkle (too sparsely distributed and too fine to interfere with the lustre of the larger crystals. In excellent condition – no damage.  A superb, classy display specimen.

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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 101 × 96 × 52 cm