Double terminated Brandberg Amethyst from Namibia available.
Brandberg Amethyst is named for the soaring mass of granite known as “The Brandberg,” Namibia’s highest mountain located in Damaraland in the northwest Namib Desert near the coast. Rising from the desert, this dome-shaped massif can be seen for miles, and viewed from space reveals a perfect circular form. The name Brandberg is Afrikaans, Dutch and German for “Fire Mountain” and comes from the effect of the setting sun on the western slope which sometimes causes a vibrant orange glow. Called “Burning Mountain” by the indigenous Damara people, and “Mountain of the gods” by the Herero, The Brandberg is considered sacred, a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushmen) tribes who sheltered there and rendered over 48,000 paintings and engravings within its caves and overhanging rocks. [www.namibian.org][www.namibia-travel.net][en.wikipedia.com][www.kacha-stones.com][wwwthatcrystalsite.com]
Brandberg Amethyst is carefully mined by hand by local miners from beds near the surface. The surface stones are becoming much harder to find, and the miners are now digging deeper and working harder to unearth more of these magical crystals from further down. Brandberg Quartz forms as clusters of pyramids on a geode base, as tall prismatic crystals, short stubby crystals, drusy aggregates and in massive form. It occurs as colorless crystal or in various shades and mixtures of purple, brown.
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