Dims: 3.6" x 3.3" x 2.6" (9.1 x 8.4 x 6.6 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 3.2 oz. (543 g)
Specimens like this one are called Maraba points, as they consist of a single Amethyst crystal or "point", and come from Maraba, which I am pretty sure is in Mexico. They tend to have a very rough hexagonal prismatic form and pyramidal termination, and are often completely coated with a layer of milky quartz that covers the Amethyst core. Thus, they are sent to Brazil, where the crystal's termination is ground down to the purple color, then smoothed and polished. The rough prism faces are usually left untouched, and a flat base is cut into its bottom so that it will stand upright. This particular example is in excellent condition with only a few tiny chips visible in its termination edges. Its color is a moderately pale violet and it is transparent, though many internal fractures and cloudy inclusions spoil its clarity. I have placed some round felt pads on the base to protect surfaces on which it may be placed.