A substantial large cabinet specimen, featuring sharp crystals that combine the classic Thunder Bay amethyst colours of medium-purple and vivd hematite-red. Can be displayed in a few different orientations, since the crystal mound is very three-dimensional. This specimen was found in the clay within a collapsed pocket – it was detached from the rock during the brecciation of the final formation phase, and re-crystallization textures are evident all over the underside. In excellent condition overall – no missing crystals (remarkable for one of these of this size), four chipped terminations. They are small in the context of the size of the specimen, but it is priced accordingly. If you are looking for an eye-catching contemporary classic that will add colour and sparkle to your display case, this is just super, with brilliant lustre.
Shipping note: due to the size and weight of this specimen, there will be additional shipping, to cover the cost. If you are ordering from Canada or the US, the automated order form will deduct only the standard fee and I will email you about the additional amount.
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.
An 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.