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2583y Super Purple Amethyst Geode Cathedral URUGUAY Flat Free Standing 70mm 2.8" For Sale

2583y Super Purple Amethyst Geode Cathedral URUGUAY Flat Free Standing 70mm 2.8


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2583y Super Purple Amethyst Geode Cathedral URUGUAY Flat Free Standing 70mm 2.8":
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Description: Amethyst is a violet variety of silicon dioxide. The reason it is violet colored is because it has iron impurities and trace elements. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February. Historically Amethyst is given as a gift on the 17th wedding anniversary, in modern times, it given on the 7th anniversary. In ancient times, Amethyst was the stone of royalty. Purple was a hard color to come by and dressing in purple was reserved for kings and queens. Weight (oz): .50# Weight (grams): 220 grams Size (inches ): 2.8" h x 2.6"w Size (mm): 70mm x 68mm Mine location: Aritgas, Uruguay. Completely NATURAL color, no enhancements. 100% NATURAL Retail value: $199 in stores These are FREE STANDING with a flat bottom. So they look great on a shelf. 2583 Super Purple Amethyst Geode Cathedral URUGUAY Flat Free Standing 70mm 2.8" 2583 Super Purple Amethyst Geode Cathedral URUGUAY Flat Free Standing 70mm 2.8"

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Description: Amethyst is a violet variety of silicon dioxide. The reason it is violet colored is because it has iron impurities and trace elements. Amethyst is a semipreciouse stone and is the traditional birthstone for February. Historically Amethyst is given as a gift on the 17th wedding aniniversary, in modern times, it given on the 7th anniversary. 

In ancient times, Amethyst was the stone of royalty. Purple was a hard color to come by and dressing in purple was reserved for kings and queens.  As was 'royal purple' jewelry, typically Amethyst.

According to wikipedia - The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. In fact, the Greek word "amethystos" may be translated as "not drunk".  From the Greek a-, meaning "not" and methustos meaning "intoxicated".  Amethyst was considered to a strong antidote against drunkenness.  Which is why wine goblets were often carved from it or decorated with Amethyst.

In his poem, Amethyst or the loves of Bacchus and Amethyste, the French poet Remy Belleau invented a myth in which Bacchus, the god of intoxication, wine and grapes was pursuing a maiden named Amethyste, who refused his affections.  Amethyste prayed to the gods to remain chaste.  A prayer, the chase goddess Diana answered, transforming her in a white stone.  Humbled by Amethyste's desire to remain chaste.  Bacchus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple, according to legend.

Geography - Value is determined by how deep the color is, the deeper the better.  And how dark the purple is, again darker the better.  In gemstones, the highest grade amethyst (called "Deep Russian") is exceptionally rare and therefore, when one is found it's highly valued by gemstone collectors. A very, very close second is the Uruguay Amethyst you see here, deep dark rich purple. 

These are truly almost Gemstone quality.

Weight (oz):  .50#

Weight (grams):  220 grams

Size (inches ):  2.8" h x 2.6"w

Size (mm):  70mm x  68mm

Mine location:  Aritgas, Uruguay. Completely NATURAL color, no enhancements.  100% NATURAL

Item Number:  2583

Retail value: $199 in stores

These are FREE STANDING with a flat bottom.   So they look great on a shelf.

If you want combined shipping PLEASE email us,
BEFORE PAYING. 's shipping calculator does not work correctly.    Box Size – USPS PRIORITY FLAT RATE USA Canada* Worldwide* SMALL Flat Rate Box - Priority
8-1/2" x 5" x 1.5"
21cm x 12cm x 3.5cm
(About the size of an old VHS/Betamax tape) $6.96 C$37
($24.95usd) 32euro
($34.95usd) SMALL/MEDIUM Priority Box
7" x 7" x 6"
17cm x 17cm x 15cm
(Domestic & Intl. 2#/1kg limit)
(About the size you could ship a tea cup in) $10.88 C$61
($41.55usd) 53euro
($58usd) MEDIUM Flat Rate Box -Priority
5" x 8" x 11"
12cm x 20cm x 27cm
(International 10#/4.5kg Limit)
(About the size of a child’s shoe box) $13.45 C$67
($45.95usd) 70euro
($75.95usd) LARGE Flat Rate Box - Priority
5"x 12" x 12"
13cm x 30cm x 30cm
(International 20#/9kg limit)
(About the size of 10 dinner plates stacked up)
(50% Larger than a Medium) $18.75 C$88
($59.95usd) 88euro
($95.95usd)    
NEW POSTAL RATES AS OF 01-17-2016  These are guidelines.
*Canada ($1usd = +/- 1.45cad)
**Worldwide $1usd = +/-1.08 euros ( exchange rates change hourly)


NEW INTERNATIONAL USPS First Class Rates – First class (not a true or good name) takes 60 to 90 DAYS to get to you, MINIMUM.  I do not care what says, They are WRONG.  This is a new service from the US post office USPS and a real bad idea.  Yes it takes 60 – 90 days!!!  No there is nothing I can do to speed that up.  IF you want faster delivery, please chose USPS Priority shipping.  However if you insist on the lowest price, we reluctantly offer it…  IF YOU chose this First Class service, I do not want any emails asking, “where is my package.”  Sorry to sound like a grump, but you need the truth to make an informed decision. NEW International First Class Service USPS rates Size CANADA     shipping* INTERNATIONAL shipping in EUROS** SMALL Envelope/Box 1 to 7 ounces
28 to 199 grams 14cad
($9.50usd) 13euros
($13.50usd) MEDIUM Box 8 ounces to 2 pounds
200 to 1000grams 23cad
($15.50usd) 21euros
($22.50usd) LARGE Box 2 pounds to 3 pounds
1000 to 1360grams 36cad
($24.50usd) 32euros
($35.40usd) LARGEST Box ALLOWED 3 pounds to 4 pounds
1361 to 1800grams 53cad
($36.50usd) 53euros
($57.25usd) *Anything larger than 4 pounds has to ship Priority Mail.  Box and packing add at least 50% to item weight.
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BEFORE PAYING. FLAT Rate International shipping - There are over 200 countries in the world.  The USPS has a different rate for each country.  So for a $10 item, we would have to do 200 different shipping entries for each item, which is ridiculous.  It would take us 2 days just to calculate shipping on one $10 item. 


Luckily the USPS has Flat Rate Shipping Boxes.  Motto - "IF it fits, it ships." Great for shipping heavy rocks around the world.  Sizes and prices are in the chart above.  Yes I know that it may seem high sometimes, however we have to assume that it goes to the most expensive country.  And more importantly in the Flat Rate Box.   You may go to USPS and verify these prices.  That is what they charge....  We make no money on shipping, in fact it cost us money sometimes....

EXACT International Shipping to your country - We will be more than happy to give you an "actual" shipping price for the exact item to your country.  Just email us thru .  Remember to include the 4 or 6 digit item number in the title.  "And the country you live in".  does not tell us, where you live.  We will be happy to give you the actual shipping.  So you may make an "informed decision" before buying.  We would like to save you some money.  We don't want you to pay anymore than you have to....

It is usually cheaper in the Flat Rate Box, but not always.  The USPS charges by size AND weight in regular boxes.  So light items and smaller items can save you money sometimes.  Why not simply ask?
International shipping Customs – shipping can take 21 to 30 days MINIMUM with USPS Priority. New First Class International takes 60 – 90 days.   Your country's customs can keep and inspect packages as long as they darn well like.  And they do sometimes.  We CANNOT do anything about that. 
Canadian customers - we no longer ship United Parcel Service - UPS.  Yes initially UPS is slightly cheaper, however we have had terrible problems with UPS making customers get a customs broker.  This has cost the customer over $100 extra.  On two other occasions they have sent back packages, because the address was street instead of drive (the customer inputs the address, not us).   So we no longer will ship UPS.  For some reason the US postal service does not do all this.
Combined shipping - You can save quite a bit by buying several items and shipping them together (in a flat rate box).  So send us a list.  We will give you our best price AND the actual shipping. 
 
MULTIPLE ITEMS – We can save you a lot of money on shipping by starting you a box.  requires that we ship within 24 hours after you pay.  However we can start you a flat rate box, as long as you don’t pay.  does not get the idea that you want to save money on shipping. So what we do is send you a ‘special invoice’ with your first item.  I charge you the full shipping amount and mark it “local pickup”, just to get off our backs.  I know you will not be crossing the ocean to pick it up.  This will bypass ’s stupid rules.  With over 13,000 transactions and over 4,000 positive response, I am not a jerk.  Just trying to save you money on shipping multiple items in one box.
 
Tracking- go to USPS d o t  c o m.  Insert the tracking number in the top left of the website.  This will show you every stop your box makes.  Some English speaking countries continue the tracking in your country, some do not.  That is up to your country, NOT the USPS or myself.  You MAY be able to use ‘the tracking number’ to track it in your countries postal website.  However many countries, do not offer this service.

Your address - Please, Please make sure that your address is correct in paypal and in .  They are two separate companies now.  We have no idea of where you live.  Nor of your address.  We now have 8 returned international shipments for wrong addresses: France (though he put Belgium in the address.  He should know what country he lives in.), 2 for Spain, Italy, UK, another France, Singapore and Dubai.  These all were returned by the home country post office, not USPS.  Some come back in 45 days.  One took 2 years, not kidding.  So we cannot refund any money until we get the item back.  We do not have any control over your local post office and your customs.  Your customs office can hold your package as long as they darn well please.  In addition, if we send it back out, you will have to pay the postage again.... So PLEASE make sure your address is Correct.
Room in the box - For simplicity sake we have gone to 4 box sizes.  You need to add a minimum 1" (2.5cm) to EACH side of ALL minerals for bubblewrap.    1"inch bubblewrap top, 1" bubblewrap bottom, and 1" on each side.  So a 2"x2"x2" mineral becomes 4"x4"x4" with bubblewrap.
Insurance - Above prices include Insurance with the shipping price.  And may be added to the above standard shipping price depending upon how fragile and/or expensive items.
Parcel post - US customers, we no longer ship parcel post. It saves a few pennies sometimes, however it now takes 8 to 10 days to get your shipment- Which is too long for most customers to wait.
Combined shipping -  If you want combined shipping PLEASE email us.  WE have no way of knowing when you are finished offerding.  sends automatic invoices.  will charge the maximum shipping PER item, if I do not override the invoice.  So offer all you like, but let us know "You want combined shipping."  And we will send you a combined invoice, the next day to pay.
 If you want combined shipping PLEASE email us

NEW Photograph information- In an effort to have more accurate photos, we started photographing in a indoor "photo studio cube" with a white background, as of June 2015.
Advantages -
-Better detail of crystals.
-More consistent photos.
-Weather - It is sometimes 5 degrees (-17 Celsius) in Texas.  Sometimes 110 degree (43 Celsius).  Both make it unpleasant to photograph outside under natural daylight.
-No clouds distorting picture color...
-Hard to photograph in the rain too.
Disadvantages -
-Never wear a pink shirt.  My daughter found out the hard way, camera picks up the reflection of your clothing, sometimes on one half of the ammonite.  Sometimes the other.  Depending where you stand...
-Tends to show translucence more than the actual ammonite.  (you can back light it if you like the effect.)  This occurs on thin yellow areas sometimes.
-Browns look a little more red.  Depending on how we edit.
We are working on this, and it is a work in progress.

Keep in mind different monitors display colors differently.  We edit with item "in our hand", so we can get as close to the correct color as possible.  However when we move the very same laptop from living room to office, sometimes the colors look slightly different, even on the same computer.  Your color monitor WILL VARY.  IF you don't like the item just send it back.  No problem.  We have a “14 day unconditional return policy”.
 
Returns -  We try to be fair.  One return -was because it did not match her drapes – not kidding.  So in that case, she paid both shipping fees.   We don’t guarantee to match drapes. 
Rarely we shipped the wrong item (less than 1 per year), which never happen since we are supposed to match the item number AND match the picture before shipping.  But say we sent the wrong item, we pay both shipping to and from the customer.  IF we miss measured by more than 10%, we pay both shipping fees.  Most of the time, and we rarely get returns, we pay one way, the customer the other.  IF we made a mistake, we will only pay the original amount of shipping on the listing OR the actual shipping whichever is lower.  IF someone wishs to add other fees that would be at their expense.
 
OFFERS – On items over $100, we do accept offers.  Just email us here thru .  Keep in mind sale prices and fossils are already low margin items.  As we say in Texas, “there is not much meat left on the bone.”  Ridiculous offers will not get a response. 
New paulstaberminerals website is under construction.  We are working on our website, it is not operational yet.  This will save you and I ’s 10% commission.  Yes they charge us both.

Stands -are shown for display only and are NOT included in the sale.

Photography -   I photograph outside in full sun for true color rendition.  Occasionally clouds come over that make the color less than it really is.  On rare occasions I supplement with a flash to highlight details.   Lighting minerals correctly will bring out their best color.  Halogen works the best.  The hand or finger in the photo is to give you a comparision of size.  We realize it is hard to tell the size of an mineral by the picture alone. 

Computer monitors - We try very hard for accurate color rendition.  However images look different in color depending on the computer moniter.  I have even moved the laptop from living room (editing pictures) to office to upload and the glare from the windows changes the colors.  If you are unhappy with the item, you may of course return it within 7 days for a courteous full refund.

Measurements - All are measured from the tip to across.  This is the industry standard.  Then we measured across in a X formation.

If you wanted combined shipping please email us,

before paying!!!!!!

Combined shipping - If you want combined shipping PLEASE email us. WE have no way of knowing when you are finished offerding. sends automatic invoices. will charge the maximum shipping PER item, if I do not override the invoice.So offer all you like, but let us know "You want combined shipping." And we will send you a combined invoice the next day to pay.

If you want combined shipping PLEASE email us


Photography -   I photograph outside in full sun for true color rendition.  Occasionally clouds come over that make the color less than it really is.  On rare occasions I supplement with a flash to highlight details.   Lighting minerals correctly will bring out their best color.  Halogen works the best.  The hand or finger in the photo is to give you a comparision of size.  We realize it is hard to tell the size of an mineral by the picture alone. 

Computer monitors - We try very hard for accurate color rendition.  However images look different in color depending on the computer moniter.  I have even moved the laptop from living room (editing pictures) to office to upload and the glare from the windows changes the colors.  If you are unhappy with the item, you may of course return it within 7 days for a courteous full refund.

Measurements - All are measured from the tip to across.  This is the industry standard.  Then we measured across in a X formation.

Payment I strive very hard for good customer service IF there is a problem let me know. Your business is appreciated!!! I take other forms of payment as well. Since owns Paypal they only let me list that. Contact me about other forms of payment. Shipping The post office - now takes 14 to 21 days on PARCEL POST to US addresses. WE highly suggest priority mail which takes 6 to 8 days to the US. This is a better value for only a few dollars more. In a hurry - chose USPS Express Mail. This is high. But gets there in 2 to 3 days. We will pack and ship your item within 24 hours with Express. We do not charge extra for this service. We only charge what the USPS does. No extra charge is added by us for faster handling. UPS - We no longer offer UPS as they return too many package for minor reasons. (such as street versus drive, that the customer listed) AUSTRALIA customers - Your government does not allow importing or exporting of fossils. I have no clue why. IF you buy/offer on one, it is at YOUR OWN RISK. I can not be responsible if any customs office takes your shipment. About Us I earn my living as a professional mineral and fossil wholesale dealer. I travel to China twice a year for 30 days at a time. I buy directly from the mine owners in China and elsewhere. So you get the LOWEST PRICE ON . Chinese shippers charge much higher shipping cost. Look at their ads. I bring in 3 HUGE containers (40' tractor trailers) of material at a time. So I have the LOWEST SHIPPING COST you can get. Shows - I have 4,000sf at Tucson and wholesale to many fine mineral dealers. However because I do 10 shows a year, we are sometimes out of town for mineral and fossil shows. I have a new assistant to ship during those times of the year. Your patience is appreciated as I cannot be in two places at once. I do ten shows a year so I am Frequently Gone. I try to answer emails daily, but in some locales indoor plumbing is not available so the internet is out. Your patience is appreciated. To keep up to date with specials or promotions PLEASE sign up for our newsletter and mailing list. Contact Us Contact me at if you have any question prior to offerding. To find out about specials please sign up for our newsletter. Images sell!
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