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Amethyst cluster question

Posted by Puckmaren  
Puckmaren December 19, 2017 09:49PM
Hello, I recently purchased an amethyst cluster candle holder online. It was a much paler purple in person than in the photo. I was just wondering, has the color been enhanced somehow.... it looks like the edges have been shaded with something, but can this be natural?

Bob Harman December 19, 2017 10:02PM

Welcome to mindat. All shades of amethyst purple exist......from dark well saturated purple to very pale purple to nearly colorless. The pale and nearly colorless shades have little collector value when compared to the darker purple shades so the pale shades are often used for knick knacks etc such as yours. The photo may have been photo shopped, but the colors are natural. Enjoy your candle holder as it is.

Happy holidays. CHEERS......BOB
Puckmaren December 19, 2017 11:13PM
Thank you for your response. It is a very beautiful Amethyst cluster either way :) Are the dark lines along the edges normal? The first photo shows them fairly clearly. I have never seen this on an amethyst cluster but it may well be natural.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/19/2017 11:14PM by Puckmaren.
Wayne Corwin December 19, 2017 11:23PM
Yes, it's natural, can see the same in some smoky quartz too.
Paul Brandes December 20, 2017 02:20AM
Appears totally natural to me as well.
As Bob mentioned, Amethyst can range from nearly black to barely a tint.
Doug Daniels December 20, 2017 07:30AM
I have a few specimens from the Mex-Tex Mine, New Mexico that show the same thing.....they are lightly amethyst, but the tips are a bit darker due to - whatever. At one point, years ago, I offered these during a trading event; several people told me I was crazy to get rid of them, so they are now in my collection. Thus, I too would say your's is natural, and just a neato variation, a keeper.
Ed Clopton December 20, 2017 09:16PM
Inspection of the darker edges under magnification may show that they are darkened by minute inclusions of something like goethite oriented along the crystal edges just beneath the surface. For chemical & physical reasons that are way over my head, sometimes inclusions orient themselves like that while the crystal is growing. It's not common, but certainly not unheard of. I have an amethyst crystal purchased decades ago from a basket of souvenir-grade material that shows exactly that phenomenon.
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