Dims: 2.9 x 2.5 x 1.4" (7.4 x 6.4 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 2.68 oz. (76.0 g)
Vera Cruz, Mexico
This hand specimen consists of a crust that is made up of dozens of small and very pale Amethyst crystals that extend upwards out of a weathered, cream-colored base. These crystals generally do not exceed 0.5" (1.3 cm), but the largest reaches 1.0" (2.5 cm) in length. All are in excellent condition, as there is but a small amount of visible damage. All of the Amethysts have excellent hexagonal prismatic form, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess the standard vitreous luster. The largest almost has a "scepter" form, and has a partly split termination, so that two small, partly-intergrown terminations are growing from its body instead of one large one. The largest crystal also is the most deeply colored, with a moderate violet coloration at its termination that fades down to near colorlessness at its base. The smaller crystals show only very subtle color at their terminations, and many appear to be colorless. There is a substantial amount of an olive-green-colored material that forms a crust over the base rock. It appears to be made up of scores of tiny crystals, but I do not know what they are made of.