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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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Doubly terminated Quartz (variety amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Tatatila, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
$499 *
57mm x 50mm x 37mm
Quartz var. Amethyst, Calcite
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$350
66mm x 50mm x 47mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$40
58mm x 18mm x 0mm
Quartz var. Amethyst Quartz
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$495
80mm x 55mm x 0mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Municipio de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
80mm x 53mm x 40mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$295
51mm x 26mm x 15mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
65mm x 30mm x 25mm
Quartz var. Amethyst Calcite
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$285
90mm x 65mm x 45mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$395
50mm x 12mm x 9mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
42mm x 25mm x 20mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$48
27mm x 19mm x 17mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$150
79mm x 60mm x 20mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$125
62mm x 60mm x 40mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$275
70mm x 60mm x 35mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$250
69mm x 45mm x 34mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$135
70mm x 50mm x 30mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$195
37mm x 35mm x 35mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
38mm x 16mm x 13mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
38mm x 35mm x 22mm
Quartz var. Amethyst with Epidote
Piedra Parada, near Las Vigas, Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
130mm x 110mm x 130mm
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