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Quartz (amethyst) - Las Vigas de Ramirez, Veracruz, Mexico

Amethyst from Las Vigas, Mexico is one of our Top 100 Minerals.

Quartz veins cutting volcanic rocks high in the mountains near Las Vigas de Ramirez have produced some of the world’s finest amethyst crystals. These specimens, featuring single or, more commonly, divergent clusters of crystals on quartz matrix are distinguished by the fact that they exhibit an elongate prismatic habit rather than the squat or stout shape normally observed in amethyst.  The best of the Las Vigas amethyst consists of divergent groups of lustrous, deep purple crystals attractively contrasted against a green epidote dusted matrix.

This material was first brought to the attention of the Ontiveros family in the mid-1960s. Two of the brothers then made visits to the area in the late 1960s and 1970s to obtain specimens for the market. Steve Green was the next major player on the scene, having been responsible for bringing many fine lots of specimens to the Tucson, Denver and Munich shows in the early 1980s.

Production seems to have dropped in the last decade and good new specimens are scarce.  Fine specimens from earlier finds are quickly snapped up by connoisseurs.


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Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$650
102mm x 86mm x 75mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$95
37mm x 36mm x 17mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$50
50mm x 55mm x 38mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$69
63mm x 44mm x 23mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$47
61mm x 55mm x 46mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$185
58mm x 37mm x 30mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$185
71mm x 26mm x 42mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$385
81mm x 70mm x 56mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$490
150mm x 109mm x 66mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$135
115mm x 115mm x 58mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas Mine, Veracruz, Mexico
$395
97mm x 94mm x 55mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas Mine, Veracruz, Mexico
$375
108mm x 95mm x 44mm
Quartz var. Amethyst  
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico
$80
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$400
54mm x 48mm x 27mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
74mm x 57mm x 37mm
Quartz variety Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$250
63mm x 47mm x 26mm
Quartz var. Amethyst, Calcite
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$350
66mm x 50mm x 47mm
Quartz var. Amethyst Calcite
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$285
90mm x 65mm x 45mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$295
51mm x 26mm x 15mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$395
50mm x 12mm x 9mm
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