ERN05A Quartz var. Amethyst
Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia
9.2x 6.3x 8.3 cm

A nice example of a Goboboseb amethyst on matrix.  These are usually referred to as "Brandberg" amethyst, though in actuality nothing comes from there-- Brandberg is a protected reserve.  Most "Brandbergs" come from the Goboboseb Range-- specifically Tafelkop and the surrounding hills, most within sight of Brandberg itself.

This one is on matrix-- there are just a handful of local dealers who have invested in the tools to be able to cut these things out of the surrounding rock-- the majority however still com from small claims mined with hand tools, that is why most pieces have no matrix.

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