Amethyst & Prasolite Druse

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This is a natural Amethyst Druse with zones of Cacoxenite in its tips and a natural Green Prasiolite centre. Prasiolite or Vermarine is a rare green form of quartz, since 1950 almost all natural vermarine has come from a small Brazilian mine, but it is also seen in Lower Silesia in Poland. Natural vermarine is a very light, translucent green. Darker green quartz is generally the result of artificial treatment.

Amethyst is one of the best known and recognizable of crystals and has been used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for engraved gems and jewelry. The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.

Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered one of the most valuable gemstones (along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald). However, since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil, it has lost most of its value.

Length: 130mm
Width: 80mm
Height: 90mm
Weight: 958g