Quartz, var. Amethyst
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Quartz, var. Amethyst

Specimen # 200018
Mineral: Quartz, var. Amethyst
Location: Quartz, variety Amethyst, Diamond Willow Mine, McTavish Twp., Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada


Detailed Description

This is a remarkable specimen for two reasons. First, the sharp, lustrous amethyst crystals present an excellent balance of the classic Thunder Bay amethyst colour combination, purple amethyst and red included hematite, and the hematite inclusions on this piece specifically highlight the edges and tips of many of the crystals. And second, the overall aesthetic arrangement is great, anchored by the large parallel growth crystals at the top centre. With magnification, the concentric zongin of the hematite inclusions is easily visible. In excellent condition – there is no damage except on the right-hand edge of the specimen. This is a gorgeous Thunder Bay amethyst.  

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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 74 × 73 × 42 cm