Chevron amethyst, also frequently marketed under the names dream amethyst or banded amethyst is a combination of amethyst and white quartz in a banded and often v-shaped pattern. It is found in large veins in the rock (not individual amethyst crystals) and often tumbled or polished. While chevron amethyst can be found in quite a few locations worldwide most of our material comes from new deposits being mined in Morocco.
Chevron amethyst is found in large veins which started out as cracks in the rock deep inside the earth. These cracks likely would have formed as a result of earthquakes or volcanic activity. Silica rich fluids flowed through these cracks and as they cooled, the silica formed quartz crystals on the walls of these cracks.
Chevron or banded amethyst represents several layers of crystals growing on top of each other under periodically changing growth conditions until the cracks become totally filled in.
The purple color in amethyst comes from the presence of irradiated iron inclusions within the quartz. So, the amethyst portions represent growth intervals when the silica rich fluids also contained iron molecules where the white quartz grew at times iron was not present in the silica rich fluids.
Where Is Chevron Amethyst Found?
Chevron or dream amethyst is found at many locations where amethyst crystals or geodes are found. Some of the main sources include Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, India, Russia, Uruguay and Morocco. Most of the material we sell comes from recently discovered deposits in the high mountains of Morocco.
Washington state has now joined over a dozen other states to put in place “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders. While we agree this is the correct course of action, it will have a substantial impact on our business. It effectively shuts down much of our company for several weeks.
We will continue taking orders on our website and we will have a single staff member at our warehouse to facilitate shipping of these new orders. Depending on the order volume this may mean that we do experience some shipping delays, particularly with large or fragile items that require more packaging time.
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