Jacksons Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA

Dimensions (H x W x D)

9 x 8.7 x 10.8 cm


672 g

Description & Provenance

Loved since antiquity, amethyst is famed for its purple hues and propensity for beauty. Although widely known and incredibly popular, most people are unfamiliar with the fact that its aesthetics can vary considerably by locality. It may form in crystal shapes that are long and slender or wide and short (and in between), crystals can be tiny or quite large, and it may exhibit color that ranges in intensity from the lightest lilac to the darkest midnight purple. So, although amethyst can be found worldwide, each deposit produces crystals with a distinct set of characteristics. Seasoned collectors can often identify the origin of a fine-caliber amethyst by sight alone, discerning not only between countries but mines and even between pockets.

The amethysts of Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia, USA are a fan favorite among mineral collectors and are considered some of the world’s finest, thanks to their unmistakable aesthetics. Their most discerning attributes are that individual crystals are quite sizeable and exhibit an unambiguously equant shape, which is to say, they are as tall as they are wide. The best examples are punctuated by sharp edges, reflective luster, and a marked translucency. When all factors align, these broad-faced beauties resemble the work of a master gem-cutter, prominent and alluring. This stunning Jackson’s Crossroads specimen is an excellent representation of all of those desired traits. It is composed of just a handful of sizeable, sharp, lustrous amethyst crystals on a bed of tiny, white quartz, making it resemble a cluster of gems. One look at this specimen and it’s easy to see why collectors have distinguished Jackson’s Crossroads amethysts as a modern classic.

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