Amethyst, Las Vigas (claim), Veracruz, Mexico
description: 10" ac. Ex Karl Kampf collection. I acquired it from Wayne Thompson at the Tucson Show in 2006. The slender, gemmy crystals of amethyst are mainly pristine and intensely colored. It is one of the largest and most spectacular plates from this remote locality ever to have been removed. Although I own several fine amethyst specimens from different localities, this is by far my best amethyst. I intend to build a specialized collection of ultra-fine worldwide amethyst specimens and this will be the centerpiece of my amethyst subcollection. It was removed during the 1980's from Las Vigas. This remote mining claim in Mexico only produced a trickle of fine amethyst specimens even during the 1980's when Mexico was not plagued by its present civil instability which could not help specimen production. Production of amethyst from this locality continues and I have seen many pieces mined within the past 12 months. None of them were of the size, general esthetics or quality of this elite piece which is among the finest in existence and would belong in any great collection or museum of world class mineral specimens.
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