SPIRIT QUARTZ SMALL
A Spirit Quartz Small Amethyst cluster, featuring a light lilac colouring and the characteristic small perfect quartz crystals. You can also see some orange colour on the base of this cluster which is from hematite inclusions in the quartz. There is no matrix on this piece, just a cute little chunk of quartz. A great little gift or addition to your collection.
Boekenhouthoek, South Africa.
5.5cm x 5.3cm x 3cm, 69g.
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is a popular gemstone. If it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive. The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek and means “not drunken.” This was maybe due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol. Most likely the Greeks were referring to the almost wine-like colour of some stones that they may have encountered. Its color is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its colour and beauty. Amethyst also comes in green.