This cabinet specimen is as sharp and brilliantly lustrous as they come. There are many hues of colour mixed together, with medium to even light purple in spots, to darker purple, with hematite inclusions of varying extent. Some of the amethyst crystals are even moderately gemmy, which you can see by inspecting with more light. In excellent condition, there are a couple of chipped tips – the one is a longer flake visible at upper left in the third photo. Overall, the lustre and sharpness are phenomenal for a Thunder Bay amethyst, making it a top-calibre specimen for the district.
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.