6.5" Amethyst Crystal Cluster - Diamond Hill, SC
This is an amethyst cluster from Diamond Hill, South Carolina. It contains an inch thick aggregation of amethyst crystals that coat most of the exterior of the specimen. The base has been cut flat to allow for aesthetic presentation.
The Diamond Hill Mine is located in the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains, in South Carolina. Erosion over millions of years, exposed this 3 acre spot of mountain that some of the widest varieties of quartz variations in the world, come out of. Quartz variations such as amethyst, smoky, skeletal(elestial), milky, phantomed, iron and manganese oxide coated, and even aura quartz are know to have been deposited here through silica-rich hydrothermal processes. Other minerals including beryl, epidote, and garnet are known to come out of this location as well.
Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It’s considered a semi-precious gemstone, and just two centuries ago was considered to have a value on par with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The largest, and best known amethyst deposit occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.