Purple Quartz: The purple in amethyst
comes from iron. Low quality amethyst is mildly
purple. High quality amethyst is dark, deep,
rich, royal purple like a dense bouquet of violets.
Most of our pieces are high to very high quality.
We have both small, dark crystal and large,
dark crystal amethyst. One appears more delicate
and sugary, the other more massive and robust.
Cathedrals: Open-faced tubes lined with
purple amethyst crystals. The cathedrals are
mined in near-surface mines and later split.
Matching pairs are rare but make nice fireplace
or mantle accessories. Single cathedrals may
weigh more than 5,000 pounds but our average
piece is close to 70 pounds. Many of our cathedrals
have white or orange calcite crystals inside.
The calcite adds a color contrast that makes
the purple more vivid.
Druse: Smaller pieces of amethyst that
aren’t preserved in their tube form are
called Druse or Crusts. These are often available
in wooden stands that allow them to be displayed
on desks or countertops. The largest Druse are
over 100 pounds but most are 10-15 pounds. These
make ideal gifts and are easily shipped.
Roses: These are thin, elliptical plates
of translucent amethyst. They are a rare form
of quartz and look nice on a small stand. Typically
white, the best pieces have a little purple
and are nearly round. This is more of a collector
Cathedrals and Druse: Between 5 and 10%
of the Brazilian amethyst is baked to change
it into citrine. Extreme heat turns the purple
color to a burnt orange. It also makes the piece
more fragile. Light amethyst becomes light citrine.
Dark amethyst becomes dark citrine. Natural
citrine exists but doesn’t look nearly
as nice as the baked version. Good citrine is
rare and we don’t buy average pieces.
Pieces: Large pieces (1,000-5,000 Pounds)
are available for offices, jewelry stores, homes,
museums or gardens. Please email us your contact
information and what you’d like to do
and we’ll call you to discuss the options.
When shopping for quartz one wants primarily
two things – clarity and good crystal
tips. We also look for twins – single
crystals that grew in two directions. Large,
translucent crystals are nice. Quartz doesn’t
photograph well (it’s like taking a picture
of glass) but we have some terrific pieces.
Some say quartz has certain healing properties
– all of our quartz pieces have the same
high level of healing potential.
Calcite comes in a variety of crystal forms.
We primarily have dog-tooth calcite. Apart from
the pieces within the amethyst cathedrals we
have a fairly limited selection.
and Aquamarine: Gem quality tourmaline
and aquamarine come in a variety of colors and
are incredible. They are also not what we offer.
Our pieces display natural crystals in a white,
smokie or rose quartz matrix. For display purposes
– size counts. We look for large crystals
that standout from the country rock. If you’re
a collector – we have some interesting
items. These are great gifts for earthy types.
Also called ‘fool’s gold’,
pyrite is an elegant mineral for display. Small
pieces add a flare of gold to a desk or shelf.
Larger pieces work well in a nook with a light.
We look for pieces with pronounced cubes of
Spheres: We have a variety of polished
mineral spheres. These range in diameter from
a few inches to a meter in diameter (special
order). Most of what we have is baseball to
softball in size. Our mineral spheres include
Amethyst (purple), Sodalite (blue), Gabbro (black),
Calcite (orange and yellow), Serpentinite (green),
Grey Marble, Black and White Banded Gneiss,
Cats Eye, Tigers Eye, Rose Quartz, Jasper (red)
and Banded Agate. The pieces make a nice arrangement
in a bowl or clear vase.
From time to time we find other interesting
pieces. These include Potato Chip Selenite,
Epidote, Kyanite, Lepidolite, Amazonite, Petrified
Wood, Rutilated Quartz and Beryl. Let us know
what you’re looking for and we’ll
try and find