A plate of beautiful Thunder Bay amethyst crystals exhibiting the classic combinatinon of medium-purple and hematite-red in good-sized crystals. This piece was found in the pocket clay – it detached from the surrounding rock during the brecciation at the end of the formation phase, and all of the surfaces on the backside, including the undersides of incomplete crystals at the periphery, show recrystallization texture. The crystals are sharp and lustrous, with internal colour zoning and tiny discs/spherules of red hematite visible with magnification. In excellent condition, no damage other than two nicked tips. A fantastic Thunder Bay amethyst 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.
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. 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.
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.