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    AMETHYST
    Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay

    Before the Amethyst geodes of Brazil and Uruguay begin to form crystals of Amethyst, most develop a lining of agate. Usually the agate takes the form of an irregular layer coating the walls of the gas-bubble in the cooling lava flow. But then there are exceptions like this, where the agate formed "fingers" which served as growth sites for the Amethyst, the next mineral to deposit on the cavity walls. This specimen as two such fingers, giving rise to the purple zoomorphic form seen here. The Amethyst features medium purple color and bright, glassy luster for a scintillating look. There are a few dings but they all tend to be on the sides and rear, so not of serious consequence. It is unusual to find this kind of specimen with more than one "stalactite".
    Overall measurements: 6.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches (16.5 x 14 x 10.2 cm).

    Provenance: Keith Proctor [Hoppel # D0802]


    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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