Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz... Magaliesburg Crystals
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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 over a dozen large definite Quartz points with beautiful lavender phantoms in a base of quartz and citrine.. It also
has smaller points visible over the entire surface of this piece. It is truly an attention getter. This specimen has been in
our personal collection since 2004. It was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and took almost 2
months in transit to reach us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.
This Specimen weighs 48.2 oz or 3 lbs (1367 grams)
and measures 6 x 5.6 x 2.7 inches (15.4 x 14.3 x 6.9 cm)
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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".
Item # MCA09146887

Exceptional Large Cabinet Cactus
Drusy Quartz (Spirit Amethyst) Cluster

$215.00
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Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has sparkling lilac amethyst
crystals with partial citrine orange tint! This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent
amethyst color with multiple perfect tips coated with many drusy cactus crystals.
Measures 2 x 1.59 x 1.3 inches (51 x 40 x 33 mm) and weighs 2.8oz or 0.17 lb (45g)
Item # 5MCA03150051
Spirit Amethyst Points

$29.00
Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has sparkling lilac amethyst
crystals with partial citrine orange tint! This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent
amethyst color with multiple tips (1 chipped) coated with many drusy cactus crystals.
Measures 1.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches (45 x 29 x 22 mm) and weighs 1.1oz (31g)
Item # 6MCA03150001
Spirit Amethyst Points

$18.00
Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has sparkling lilac amethyst
crystals with partial citrine orange tint! This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent
amethyst color with multiple perfect tips coated with many drusy cactus crystals.
Measures 1.9 x 1.3 x 1 inches (49 x 33 x 27 mm) and weighs 1.3oz (39g)
Item # 7MCA03150001
Spirit Amethyst Points

$24.00
Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has sparkling
lilac amethyst crystals with partial citrine orange tint! This is a Rare Specimen
showing excellent amethyst color with multiple perfect tips coated with many
drusy cactus crystals. (extraction damage to side drusy cactus crystals)
Measures 1.9 x 1.3 x 1 inches (49 x 33 x 27 mm)
and weighs 1.3oz (39g)
Item # 20MCA03150071
Spirit Amethyst Points

$35.00
Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa
has multiple sparkling lilac amethyst crystals with partial citrine
orange tint! This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent
amethyst color with multiple perfect tips coated with many
drusy cactus crystals. An excellent specimen with tips at 6
different angles
Measures 1.9 x 1.3 x 1 inches (49 x 33 x 27 mm)
and weighs 1.3oz (39g)
Item # 21MCA03159932
Multiple Spirit Amethyst Points

$48.00
Dan's Favorite Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has
multiple sparkling lilac amethyst crystals with partial citrine orange tint!
This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent amethyst color with multiple
perfect tips coated with many drusy cactus crystals. An excellent
specimen with tips at 6 different angles
Measures 3.1 x 2.1 x 2 inches (7.9 x 5.3 x 5.2 cm)
and weighs 5.3oz or 0.33 lb (152g)
Item # 22MCA03158994
Multiple Spirit Amethyst Points

$99.00
The Spirit Amethyst Quartz (cactus quartz, spirit quartz) listed below is from Mpumalanga, South Africa and was procured at the 2015
Tucson Show from Earthstone Fire & Ice CC  located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA. These specimens were the best available.
Amethyst Spirit (Cactus) Quartz Crystal Cluster
This gorgeous spirit or cactus quartz crystal from South Africa has
multiple sparkling lilac amethyst crystals with partial citrine orange tint!
This is a Rare Specimen showing excellent amethyst color with multiple
perfect tips coated with many drusy cactus crystals. An excellent
specimen with tips at 12 different angles (one tip chipped)
Measures 2.7 x 1.8 x 3 inches (7 x 4.5 x 7.8 cm)
and weighs 5.6oz or 0.35 lb (158g)
Item # 23MCA03157993
Multiple Spirit Amethyst Points

$79.00