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Riemvasmaak's Enchanted Prasiolite on Amethyst Crystal Cluster

Riemvasmaak's Enchanted Prasiolite on Amethyst Crystal Cluster

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Unique Prasiolite on Amethyst Specimen - Riemvasmaak, South Africa

This captivating specimen showcases a rare combination of amethyst and prasiolite, both varieties of the quartz mineral. The amethyst displays its characteristic deep purple hues, while the prasiolite boasts a mesmerizing greenish-yellow color. This transformation is a testament to nature's geological forces.
Amethyst's Formation: Deep within the Earth, volcanic eruptions create cavities. As silica-rich fluids fill these cavities, they cool and crystallize, forming amethyst. Trace amounts of iron give amethyst its beautiful purple color.
Amethyst to Prasiolite: Over time, exposure to natural radiation or extreme heat can alter amethyst's crystal structure. This process removes some iron atoms, transforming the deep purple into the verdant hues of prasiolite.
Riemvasmaak's Geology: Located in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, Riemvasmaak is renowned for its mineral wealth. The area boasts a complex geological history involving volcanic activity and hydrothermal processes. These events created the perfect environment for the formation of amethyst and other captivating minerals.
Specimen Details:
- This unique piece measures 87mm x 51mm x 45mm and weighs approximately 179 grams.
- The amethyst displays vibrant purple tones, contrasting beautifully with the verdant prasiolite.
- This specimen is a captivating conversation starter and a valuable addition to any mineral collection.
Own a piece of South African geological history!
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