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 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".

KwaNdebele Spirit Quartz

KwaNdebele (or place of the Ndebele) is an area of 1 970 km² (761 sq mi) that lies in the north-eastern side of South Africa, about 180 Km (112 mi) from Johannesburg and was zoned as a semi-independent homeland for the Ndebele people in the late 1970's. The homeland was granted self-rule in April 1981. KwaNdebele legislature expressed interest in seeking independence in May 1982 and some preparations were made, but an exceptional lack of viability in economic affairs along with land disputes prevented this from occurring. KwaNdebele was re-integrated into South Africa in April 1994. It now forms part of the Mpumalanga province.

This area is well-known for its cactus quartz that occurs in shades from clear to citrine (caused by iron oxide coating) and amethyst. The local miners did not understand the meaning of 'amethyst', so two of the main buyers asked these miners whether they had crystals for sale that had the color of spirits (referring to methylated spirits). Subsequently the local miners then started calling these 'spirits quartz'. Not always knowing the origin of this description, eventually people started talking about 'spirit' quartz.

Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
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Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa

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Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster

Extra Large Rare dark purple spirit quartz cluster with stunning large crystals and rich Amethyst with even a few darker phantom lines inside the crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. Only about one percent (1%) of the specimens from this area yield this rare deep purple color. This superb specimen has over a dozen large definite Quartz points with beautiful purple phantoms with purple large "Cactus" points around the largest point in a base of quartz and citrine. It is truly an attention getter. There are a few white mineral surface spots on the two largest points. It is believed this is from contact with other points while forming. This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped direct to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 53.1 oz or 3.319 lbs (1.5 kg) and measures 5.5 x 4.9 x 4.2 inches (14 x 12.6 x 10.7 cm)

Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
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Exceptional Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa

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White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster

A brilliant clear-white spirit quartz cluster that has been professionally cleaned. This piece is absolutely stunning. These natural white specimens are very much in demand worldwide. This superb specimen has over a dozen large definite Quartz points in a base of quartz and citrine.. It also has smaller "cactus" points visible over the entire surface of this piece. It is truly an attention getter. This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped direct to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 62.7 oz or 3.92 lbs (1.785 kg) and measures 7.4 x 4 x 3.4 inches (18.9 x 10.1 x 8.6cm)

Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Exceptional Large Cabinet Rare Dark Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
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Beautiful Large Cabinet Purple Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa

$249.00

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Rare Purple Amethyst Spirit Quartz Cluster

Large Cabinet Rare dark purple spirit quartz cluster with stunning large crystals and rich Amethyst with even a few darker phantom lines inside the crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. Only about one percent (1%) of the specimens from this area yield this rare deep purple color. This superb specimen has almost a dozen large to small definite Quartz points with beautiful purple phantoms in a base of quartz and citrine. It is truly a collectors prize specimen. (Had to talk wife into parting with this one...). This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped directly to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 50 oz or 3.13 lbs (1.42 kg) and measures 6.3 x 6.1 x 3 inches (16.1 x 15.4 x 7.6 cm)

Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa
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Desirable Large Cabinet White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster from KwaNdebele South Africa

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White Spirit Cactus Quartz Cluster

A brilliant clear-white spirit quartz cluster that has been professionally cleaned. This piece is absolutely stunning. These natural snow white specimens are very much in demand worldwide. This superb specimen has over a dozen large and small definite Quartz points in a base of quartz and citrine.. It also has smaller "cactus" points visible over the entire surface of this piece. It is truly a special collectors specimen! This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped directly to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 36.3 oz or 2.27 lbs (1.03 kg) and measures 5.3 x 3.9 x 2.9 inches (13.5 x 9.9 x 7.4cm)

Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa
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Sparkling Large Cabinet Spirit Amethyst Plate from South Africa

$89.00

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Sparkling Clear and Purple zoned Spirit Amethyst Plate

Large Cabinet clear and zoned purple spirit amethyst cluster plate with classic and traditional crystals with beautiful points surrounded by cactus crystal points that further enhance the stunning beauty of this special specimen. This is a classic collectors specimen. This specimen was procured direct from a mineral dealer in South Africa and shipped directly to us. This is a very fine large cabinet collection piece.

This Specimen weighs 27.1 oz or 1.69 lbs (769g) and measures 5.8 x 4.2 x 2.1 inches (15 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm)

The Spirit Amethyst Cactus Quartz specimens listed below are from South Africa. The color is evenly shaded and is very beautiful Pale Lilac. These are classic specimens from the classic locale of South Africa. As is typical of specimens from this locale, there are minor influences from citrine. Photos taken outdoors in afternoon overcast day with dim amount of sun. May appear lighter color in brighter light

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 77SAQC02187060A

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$20.00

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has one large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with a twin tip, coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent twin tip specimen!

Measures 2.4 x 1.9 x 1.8 inches (62 x 50 x 46mm) and weighs 6oz or 0.37 lb (172g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 78SAQC02187060B

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$36.00

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Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has four large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with four more smaller tips. The four large tips are coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multiple tip specimen!

Measures 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.6 inches (72 x 64 x 43mm) and weighs 8oz or 0.5 lb (228g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 79SAQC02187060C

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$34.00

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Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has two large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal with four more smaller tips. The two large tips are coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multiple tip specimen!

Measures 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.98 inches (62 x 55 x 50mm) and weighs 4.7oz or 0.29 lb (134g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 80SAQC02187060D

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$24.00

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has one large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shaft It also has several small formations coated with smaller crystals. An excellent one tip specimen!

Measures 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.2 inches (61 x 53 x 32mm) and weighs 3.8oz or 0.24 lb (109g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 81SAQC02187060E

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$24.00

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has two large sparkling lilac amethyst crystal points completely overgrown and three points (one of which is a twin point) coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shaft. An excellent multi tip specimen!

Measures 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.7 inches (75 x 57 x 44mm) and weighs 6.2oz or 0.39 lb (176g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 82SAQC02187060F

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$30.00

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Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling lilac amethyst crystal points coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multi tip specimen!

Measures 1.9 x 1.9 x 1.7 inches (50 x 50 x 44mm) and weighs 4.1oz or 0.25 lb (117g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 83SAQC02187060G

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$29.00

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Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling pale lilac amethyst crystal points coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multi tip specimen!

Measures 2.1 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches (55 x 34 x 34mm) and weighs 2.6oz or 0.16 lb (75g)

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa
Item # 84SAQC02187060H

Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster from South Africa

$25.00

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Spirit Amethyst Quartz Cluster

This gorgeous Spirit Amethyst Quartz crystal from South Africa has three sparkling pale lilac amethyst crystal points coated with many smaller crystals that envelop the shafts. An excellent multi tip specimen!

Measures 1.8 x 1.7 x 1 inches (47 x 43 x 26mm) and weighs 2.2oz or 0.14 lb (63.5g)