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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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Amethyst
Las vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico
$400
60mm x 45mm x 40mm
Quartz (var. Amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Mun. de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$18
24mm x 20mm x 14mm
Quartz (var. Amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Mun. de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$27
24mm x 15mm x 8mm
Quartz (var. Amethyst)
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Mun. de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico
$24
21mm x 7mm x 6mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
60mm x 40mm x 19mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$80
53mm x 33mm x 18mm
Quartz var. amethyst  
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico
Price unavailable
70mm x 65mm x 50mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$175
92mm x 64mm x 29mm
Amethyst, Epidote
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$75
49mm x 47mm x 22mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$69
74mm x 50mm x 58mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$28
26mm x 21mm x 8mm
Quartz var. amethyst  
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico
Price unavailable
61mm x 50mm x 48mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$450
50mm x 40mm x 35mm
Amethyst Quartz
Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez (Mun. de Profesor Rafael Ramírez), Veracruz, Mexico
$235 *
60mm x 45mm x 65mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$628 *
64mm x 68mm x 25mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$431 *
76mm x 56mm x 0mm
Amethyst
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$420
88mm x 46mm x 53mm
Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$78
98mm x 74mm x 45mm
Vera Cruz amethyst with Chrysocolla
Las Vigas, Mexico
$550 *
110mm x 40mm x 85mm
Amethyst
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
$84 *
55mm x 30mm x 30mm
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