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Posted by Brandon Serafin  
Brandon Serafin July 11, 2019 07:08PM
Hi theres an amethyst column online and I was wanting to purchase it but I wanted to figure out its authenticity first. It's from a reputable seller and I was hoping someone could assist me with verifying its legitimacy?

Kevin Hean July 11, 2019 07:29PM
It definitely has been cut and polished. $16 for a 4Kg Amethyst ??
Matt Ciranni July 11, 2019 07:38PM
Yup, it's amethyst.

Nope, that shape is not natural.

It's a large massive amethyst that has been cut and polished into that square obelisk shape. Real Amethyst, but processed into its current shape. Its a nice decorative piece, but not a real crystal, so to speak.
Frank K. Mazdab July 11, 2019 07:41PM
The amethyst itself looks real although it's not of especially high quality... just vein fill. The shape is artificial, however, in that the "obelisk" is not a single crystal but was cut into that shape and polished from initially massive material. If you're looking for an amethyst carving or "objet d'art", I guess it's colorful. If you're looking for a gift for a mineral collector, that person will likely be sorely disappointed. Even as a carving, I'd personally prefer something creatively shaped into some artistic form rather than just these mass produced "fakes" attempting to mimic a natural crystal shape.
Paul Brandes July 11, 2019 08:30PM
Welcome to Mindat, Brandon!

Agree with others above; natural amethyst, but cut/polished into that shape.
Brandon Serafin July 11, 2019 08:52PM
Would you have any idea on the value of something like this?
Brandon Serafin July 11, 2019 08:53PM
Would you by chance know the value of something like this?
Hiro Inukai July 11, 2019 09:15PM
As a rule, Mindat, nor its members, does not appraise mineral specimens or provide any assessment of monetary value, so your question will not be answered here. All that you should know is that the material is common and has little or no mineralogical value after having been cut and polished; moreover, there is no mention of locality or provenance.
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