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    AMETHYST
    Santa Ana Quarry, Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay

    Experts agree: the best Amethyst in the combined Brazilian/Uruguayan lava is on the Uruguayan side of the border. The reason for that assessment can be seen in this mound of short Amethyst crystals draped over a 'fin' of the host agate. The stout crystals show inclusions along the prism faces that make them appear white. That effect changes radically just above the sides of the crystals, shifting to deep purple with a faint reddish tinge that typifies the finest Amethyst. Luster is brilliant, especially on the dark purple faces. It is in excellent condition, with some chipping to the terminations of two or three crystals. This was a colorful centerpiece in the Zerk Collection, circa 1950. Overall measurements: 8 x 7 x 5.5 inches (20.3 x 17.8 x 14 cm).

    Provenance: David Crawford, Oscar Ulysses Zerk Collection [Hoppel # D1467]


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