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I received a shipment of these sparkly crystals all the way from South Africa (which is the only place in the world where they are found)! The last picture shows the whole group in a box together.

This stone would be beautiful set in a handmade bezel or prong setting for a ring. It measures 1 5/16" (35mm) long X approximately 1 1/4"(20mm) X 2/8"(7mm ) X 1 1/4"(20mm)wide.

It has a central Amethyst crystal covered with tinier ones around the base that sparkle in all directions when the light hits them.

it has some matrix on the bottom that sticks out, so does not stand up on its own.

Most of these tend to grow at somewhat of an angle, so if setting in a bezel you will need to either cut or grind down the base, or embed it in apoxy/resin and let it set in the upright position (unless of course you purposely want it at an angle or want to set it horizontally).

This crystal is the rich purple color and jewelry size most sought-after. One of my sources told me that only about 2% of all Cactus Quartz mined is this color, and when he is lucky enough to get it in this color it's sold out within a week! Most of what is mined is very pale or even colorless.

Please don't delay in purchasing one or more of these beauties! They may not be in my store for long, and I hear that the mines may be starting to run out.

History of Cactus Quartz:

The stone was first discovered in 1986, believed to have come from "Magaliesberg" but there was some confusion about the more specific location. This may have been intentional to prevent anybody and everybody from going on the premises and pilfering the newly discovered find. Then after a few years the story given at trade shows changed to reflect "Marble Hall" as the locale; a small town about 120 km north-east of Pretoria.

Since then the story has changed a third time and it is said to be found near the former Boutenhouthoek and Mathys Zyn Loop Farms, approximately 45 km South-west of "Marble Hall", and 80 km North-east of Pretoria.

The mining is done rather informally by local farmers. These special stones are found in quartz veins imbedded in granite of the Bushveld intrusion complex believed to be 2 billions years old, but it is not known how old the quartz is that the crystals grow in, nor how old the Cactus Quartz crystals themselves are.

Cactus Quartz is referred to by local tribal medicine men as "Spirit Quartz", having been used in healing rituals. Metaphysical practitioners here in the US believe Cactus Quartz has strong energy compounded by the many tiny crystals surrounding the central one, and that the stone helps in focus, group cooperation and unification, and is used to provide insight into family or community problems.

Composition and properties;

Cactus Quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral and has a Moh's hardness of 7. The crystal ranges from transparent to translucent, and has a hexagonal, trigonal crystal structure.

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Amethyst Cactus Quartz Large Focal Stone Covered in Sparkly Crystals for a Ring or Pendant (Number 26)

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  • Material: amethyst crystals
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