Dims: 4.36x5.81x1.53" (11.09x14.76x3.88cm)
Wt: 29.89oz (846g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
At first glance, this is just a good but small section of an amethyst geode, cut and polished to create a cathedral shape. Its color is a pale but pretty purple against a crystalline quartz background lining a gray agate skin. The outer skin has been painted green, possibly to disguise cracks or to make the amethyst appear darker. In any event, close inspection reveals the usual cacoxinite inclusions, but these are unusually large, clean, and well-defined. A loupe reveals excellent radial cacoxinite crystals, in browns and yellows. The tips of many of these crystals extend slightly beyond the amethyst.