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    AMETHYST
    Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Brandberg District, Erongo Region, Namibia
    The Gobobos Mountains of Namibia present very different faces to the people who come there. To the outsider more familiar with forests and rivers and snow; this area seems blighted and cursed, barren of all traces of normal life. To the tribal peoples whose land this is, it is a place of beauty and potential wealth. The same forbidding layers of dark volcanic rock that bake in the noonday sun also harbor the Amethyst crystals that the foreigners will sometimes pay huge sums of money for. This dark jewel is the result of just such a transaction. That an outsider would pay a years income (for a tribesman) to possess something that cannot be eaten, drunk or worn is, to them, puzzling in the extreme. It is also a God-send to someone with: a wife, 3 kids and no other income.

    Most Amethysts recovered here are smaller and often flawed; this one is much larger than normal and has a couple of secondary crystals at the base. In transmitted light the color is a deep, saturated purple with blue overtones that seem to be unique to this locality. There are patches of a colorless druzy Quartz layered on parts of the back and sides. Iron underneath some of this layer produces golden tones in a few localized areas. Luster varies from glassy over most of the specimen to sparkling in the druzy zones. The termination is free from the usual nicks and the other side crystals are in excellent condition. It measures 6 ¼ inches long by 3 ¾ inches wide by 2 3/8 inches thick and sits on a custom labeled acrylic base.

    Provenance: Ex. Charles Key Collection; Ex. Marshall Sussman Collection


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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