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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 variety Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$250
63mm x 47mm x 26mm
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Tatatila, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
$965 *
112mm x 110mm x 50mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$95
58mm x 54mm x 49mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$950
87mm x 48mm x 33mm
Quartz var. Amethyst  
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico
$80
Quartz (Var. Amethyst)
Las Vigas Area - Vera Cruz, Mexico
$86 *
90mm x 45mm x 62mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Prieta, Las Vigas, Mexico
$1750
81mm x 68mm x 47mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$12500
180mm x 140mm x 40mm
Doubly terminated Quartz (variety amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Tatatila, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
$457 *
57mm x 50mm x 37mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Municipio de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
80mm x 53mm x 40mm
Amethyst
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
114mm x 61mm x 0mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico
$190 *
70mm x 40mm x 45mm
Quartz (Var. Amethyst)
Las Vigas Area - Vera Cruz, Mexico
$444 *
180mm x 100mm x 170mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas Mine, Near Veracruz, Mexico
$1250
73mm x 66mm x 50mm
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Tatatila, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
$292 *
72mm x 62mm x 49mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$350
50mm x 40mm x 40mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$400
100mm x 90mm x 60mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico
$1950
99mm x 72mm x 43mm
Amethyst with HUGE crystals for locality!
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$4000
165mm x 150mm x 81mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$2000
56mm x 46mm x 31mm
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