Quartz, var. Amethyst
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Quartz, var. Amethyst

Specimen # 200016
Mineral: Quartz, var. Amethyst
Location: Quartz, variety Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Size: 13.0 x 8.5 x 3.7 cm


Detailed Description

A dramatic cabinet specimen of Thunder Bay amethyst, covered with medium-purple amethyst crystals. The sharp, lustrous amethyst crystals are accented by bright red hematite inclusions and with magnification the disks/spherules are easily visible. This specimen detached from the rock during brecciation at the end of the formation phase, and has crystallization patterns visible on all back and underside surfaces – it was found in the clay in a collapsed pocket. It is not a crystallized stalactite-type formation at the top, as the fourth photo shows – it’s a jagged wedge-shaped end of matrix (with recrystallization patterns on). In excellent condition, with some spots of chipping visible. A nice display piece!

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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 130 × 85 × 37 cm