|Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Magaliesburg Crystals
|Item # MCA05093190
Cactus Drusy Quartz
(Spirit Amethyst) Cluster
|Cactus Drusy Quartz (Spirit Amethyst) Cluster
Cactus Drusy Quartz (Spirit Amethyst) is found only in the Magaliesberg Mountain Range in the Gauteng Province
near Pretoria, South Africa. It's unmistakable formation of a main crystal covered with smaller drusy Amethyst colored
crystals make this one of the most beautiful natural Amethyst Quartz specimens available. It was called "Spirit Quartz"
or "Spirit Amethyst" by the South African tribal medicine men who used them for healing rituals. This superb
specimen has multiple definite points with a beautiful lavender drusy covering. It also has the beginnings of more
points visible from the bottom of this piece. It is complimented by multiple botryoidal shaped formations that are the
beginnings of even more points.
This Specimen weighs 0.96lb and measures 4.32" long x 3.24" wide x 2.69" high
|Item # MCA0208007
Large Magaliesburg Spirit
| Magaliesberg Crystals
The Magaliesberg is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world at 2300 million years old, or 100 times the age of
the Himalayas. The Magaliesberg Mountain Range is located in the Gauteng Province near Pretoria, South Africa. The
small crystals that encase the bases of larger crystals identify Magaliesberg crystal, which forms as Quartz, Amethyst,
Citrine or Ametrine, or even sometimes as a combination of these. The variations in formation are probably due to the
age of the Magaliesberg, and the fact that this range is considered to be "the cradle of humankind".
A large number of the Magaliesberg crystals exhibit the properties of a "record keeper" (one or more raised perfect
triangles located on one or more of the crystal faces). Metaphysically a "record keeper" is a crystal within which
wisdom is stored, and from which the ancient knowledge and profound secrets of the universe can be psychically
retrieved. These amethyst rock specimens are being marketed as a brand new find but in fact have been a well kept
secret. They appear in the book "Minerals of South Africa" with a photo dating back to 1987. The mine location of the
digs has always been a closely kept secret and for some time these unusual crystals disappeared into the "myths" of
time. Suddenly they are available again.
Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word "amethystos" meaning "not drunk" or "not intoxicated". It is one of the
favorite gem-quality minerals found in the Quartz family. Its color ranges from light lilac or lavender to the deep, rich,
dark purples and violets...the latter (named Siberian Amethyst) being the most sought after, especially when containing
flashes of red. The lighter lilac and lavender specimens of Amethyst have been nicknamed "Rose de France" by the
gem trade. Experts believe Amethyst gets its color from trace amounts of Iron (other theories attribute it to Manganese
or hydrocarbons) present during the formation of the Quartz. It is stated that "as much Iron as would fit on the head of a
pin can color one cubic foot of Quartz."
Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities (geodes) in lava. It occurs in crystalline masses.
When conditions permit, it forms hexagonal crystals that are usually grown from a base. These crystals are most often
not well developed, and so are generally found as clusters of crystal points and are called Amethyst Drusy. Although
most commonly found in geodes, Amethyst is sometimes found as a stalactite. When heated, Amethyst loses its color,
so it is best to keep these crystals from extended exposure to the sun. If heated intensely, the purple color of Amethyst
will change to yellow...thus making it Citrine. Most commercial Citrine is made in this manner. When natural Citrine
and natural Amethyst grow together in the same crystal they normally contain alternating bands of purple and
orange/yellow and have been given the name Ametrine.
Another interesting form of Amethyst clusters from the Magaliesberg area of South Africa are characterized by tiny
crystals that envelop the shaft of the main crystal, and have earned the names "Spirit Amethyst", "Spirit Quartz",
"Cactus Quartz", "Fairy Quartz", or "Angel Quartz".
|1+LB Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has sparkling lilac amethyst
crystals with a citrine orange tinge. Excellent Specimen!
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3 x 2.9 inches (131x76x74mm) Weight: 1 lb 6.8oz (646g)
|Item # MCA05096305
Large Magaliesburg Spirit