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Amethyst II

Amethyst II
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Crystals and Minerals, 50 - 60 points (chapter two), My Purple Obsession 1, My Purple Obsession 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-04 3:58
Viewed: 7462
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
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I wrote about amethyst last time- you can read about it: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Poland/photo9451.htm

I would like to write about difference betwee amethist today:

The following is a list of many of the more noteworthy localities and some of the attributes that characterize the amethyst found there. (First part of this list I posed last time)
Uruguay -- crystals are dark to medium and form in druzy crusts that line the inside of volcanic vugs that have a gray or brown exterior. The crystals are usually colored throughout, unlike the Brazilian crystals, and form with a multicolored agate that often contains reds, yellows and oranges. Often amethyst- coated stalactites and other unusual formations occur inside these vugs.

Africa -- crystals are usually large but not attractive. However, the interior color and clarity are excellent and polished slices and carvings as well as many gemstones are prized and admired.

Maine, USA -- Dark druzy clusters that are not widely distributed today.

North Carolina, USA -- Druzy clusters that have a bluish-violet tint.

Pennsylvania, USA -- druzy clusters that filled fractures in metamorphic rocks. They are generally a brownish purple and patchy in color.

Colorado, USA -- druzy clusters form crusts inside of fissures in sandstone, often on top of a crust of green fluorite. Crystals are dark but rather small.

Italy -- both Vera Cruz like crystals, although not as well defined, and large parallel growth clusters with good evenly distributed color.

Germany -- associated with colorful agates that form a druzy light-colored crust.
Ural Mountains, Russia -- a very clear and dark variety that is cut for fine expensive gemstones, natural uncut clusters are rarely on the market.

Often cut gems of amethyst are graded using the terms: Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain; to represent high medium and low grade respectively, regardless of the actual source. Because of the patchyness of the color distribution in the crystals, Amethyst is often cut as brilliant round cuts to maximize the color. Other cuts can be used when the color is better distributed.

The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers. Today, amethyst is a lovely and affordable gemstone that is fortunately available in a wide variety of cut and uncut stones that we can all possess and admire.

Amethyst is only one of several quartz varieties. Other varieties that form macroscopic (large enough to see) crystals are as follows:

Citrine is a yellow to orange gemstone variety that is rare in nature but is often created by heating Amethyst.
Milky Quartz is the cloudy white variety.
Rock crystal is the clear variety that is also used as a gemstone.
Rose quartz is a pink to reddish pink variety.
Smoky quartz is the brown to gray variety.

olar, honza, red45, dew77, Janice, LordPotty, sAner, hummingbird24, Fisher, Luc, marhowie, Callie, PDP, extramundi, rlortie, gerhardt, TAZ, mano has marked this note useful
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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-04 4:00]

Piękny kolor. W sam raz na cudowną biżuterię.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-03-04 4:10]

Beautiful photo. Very good detail of ametyst crystals. I like very much its color.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-04 4:27]

Beautiful colour makes the picture. I like pictures of crystals and minerals, this is one of your best Joanna :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-04 4:42]

That's one of my favourite color and also gemstone:) Excellent prepared notes...TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-04 4:43]

Please, pretty please Joanna - I want it. Definitely a very piekny kolor. This is then best amythyst colouring I have ever seen. I love it.
Excellent photo. Well done Joanna...

Beautiful Amethyst crystals Joanna.Just like the ones on my kitchen windowsill.
You have done a lot of research for your note.There is a lot of useful information there.
An excellent post all round...Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-04 5:29]

After looking at Greg's shot, this is so much better to look at. :) Purple has always being my favorite colours, especially stone. Photo is great, sharp in detail and the colour just amazing. Great job girl! :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-04 6:18]

Superb purple color. Very good details, a nice picture overall. TFS!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-04 6:22]

Merveilleuse couleur. parfait pour des bijoux

Well, you had to know that I would see this right off! This is breathtaking. When you think of what Mother Earth has put into each and every crystal...
Your photo is wonderful, with amazing color, detail, and composition. Especially like the foreground contrast in its rich hues. Thanks Joanna, great job.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-04 10:11]

Joanna, just viewing the edges, wow, your focus is spot on. Incredible details and beautiful. Well done on this composition. It reminds me of the superman movies. :)


Another present from Greg.... What a lucky women :-)))))))

Nice shot and nice colours. Whay is it so dark in front?
Well done.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-03-04 15:46]

Hi Joanna,

Very good! I always like pictyures with a good structure. Maybe I will use it for a painting.
Have a look at my site ww.hboot.nl and the painting LAVA. It fits very well.



Very nice Joanna! Great color.. Interesting to see these gemstone formations in their natural state like this. I like the darker FG as it gives a needed break for the eye IMO. Superb notes. Great job!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-04 22:53]

Great picture with a very informative note, Joanna.

Hi Joanna, onthe thumbnail it looked like a small Materhorn with a new Purple snow behind it. I think you managed weel to catch the colour and the luminosity of the crystal, a beautiful job, and TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-05 13:01]

I love this, but I'm a sucker for blues and purples and amethyst is my birth stone so you couldn't go wrong with me! Lovely lighting and colours good choice of crop. Well done Joanna.

Hi, Joanna.
I wish I have time to post some minerals too. They are very beautiful and interesting. Hard geometry and colours are nice in this one. Regards.

  • rlortie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
  • [2005-03-06 18:02]

Very nice Joanna. Merci pour la note très complète. Les couleurs sont superbes.

Very dramatic with nice colors Joanna.

You capture these minerals very nicely, Joanna. Superb write up too. Great post.

Hello Joanna. one more time you have a beautifull photo, the purple tones are amazing. very good flavour you have.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-10 12:12]

Joanna, once more, an artistic shot.

Very nice colors and composition. Great idea and excellent sharpness.

Great colouring, composition and lighting Joanna. Congratulations on this shot.

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-17 2:54]

I like. Good photo. Very interesting.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-22 13:04]

Wow ! Wonderful composition and good note ! I love the colors.
Very well done !

Great shot. What a lot of amethyst. It is such a beautiful colour. The angles of the stones in this shot are excellent. TFS

Great colors, Joanna. I inherited an amethyst ring from my grandmother and have always loved the stone. Good detail of the crystals too.

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