Intriguing Rockscape Sculpture! Resplendent in lavender purple, this Grape Agate showpiece hails from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia, and more recently from the private collection of Anissa Tai. Grape Agate is a relatively new find (2016 or so), and mineral experts are still debating exactly what to call it! Grape Agate is the marketing name that seems to have stuck for what others call cryptocrystalline Chalcedony (a type of Quartz) or crystalline Amethyst.
But even though the mineral composition is being debated, there's no question about the beauty of these highly botryoidal (rounded), sphere-shaped crystals! Since they have formed together in a cluster formation, it's easy to see the grape" resemblance, and the shades of soothing purple give this gentle stone a tranquil aura. Note the blue rounded sphericals, predominantly on one surface. These are called Blue Celadon crystals, named after the Blue Celadon pottery from China.
This centerpiece-quality rock has been glued to a totally natural section of dried wood, with no polish or finish whatsoever. Actually, the branch was used for effect, to display this piece in an organic, earthy pose. It was not meant to be "manufactured perfection", as you'll see bits of glue here and there, etc. In fact, if you prefer a different display venue, the rock (and glue) can easily be parted from the driftwood - your choice. And here's a tip: if you're undecided whether to call this showpiece an Agate or Amethyst, simply call it Manakarra instead, like the native Indonesians do! A fitting name for an extraordinary natural gemrock wonder!
Dimensions: 13" x 9" x 10 1/2" tall
Weight: 7.4 lbs.