Species: Quartz var. Amethyst, Hematite
Locality: Moonlight mine, Pearl Station, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada
Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 10.5 cm.
Amethyst specimens from Canada’a rugged Thunder Bay region are world-famous for their distinctive and beautiful aesthetics, which are imparted by sub-surface inclusions and coatings of red hematite, which contrast with the rich purple amethyst color. In recent years, several mines in the area have been producing fine amethyst specimens, but the finest material has been coming from the Moon Light mine, a small, private mine that is not open to collecting.
This exceptional large specimen is probably the top “small” specimen collected during the 2022 mining season, and exhibits the best luster, color, and hematite inclusions that Thunder Bay amethyst can have, giving it a mesmerizing look that really stands out in a display case. The crystals have a “wet” luster, and are in fine condition, with rich purple color and gorgeous hematite inclusions. This particular specimen is unusual in that it features a large hemispherical “dome” of crystals on a plate of similar-size crystals, making it very 3-dimensional and striking. This specimen has been trimmed and cleaned in Milan, Italy by MCP srl., and is in excellent condition. Choice!! Mark Cross photo.