The Most Expensive Geode:  New Record Holder Dethrones the Empress of Uruguay

A 16ft tall, 14-ton amethyst geode from Uruguay called “One of the World’s Largest Amethysts” sold for $300k-$400k, likely becoming the new most valuable geode.

The New ‘Most Expensive Geode’ In The World

It’s not often that an object of such incredible size and beauty is discovered, let alone bought! In the world of geology, where each discovery tells a story of time and pressure, there is one specimen that stands out both in stature and in value: the geode colloquially known as “One of the World’s Largest Amethysts.”

This particular geode, dwarfing many others of its kind, including ‘The Empress of Uruguay‘ made headlines in 2020 when it was featured at a Bonhams auction. With an estimated value between $300,000 to $400,000, it is rightfully crowned the most expensive geode of all time.

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The most expensive geode, called “One of the World’s Largest Amethysts” credit:

How Does It Compare?

To understand the sheer magnitude of this geode, one might compare it to the renowned Empress of Uruguay, often mistakenly believed to be the largest amethyst geode. The Empress, while impressive, stands at 3.27 meters and weighs approximately 2.5 tons. In comparison, our unnamed titan stretches to a staggering height of 5 meters, with a width of 2.3 meters, and tips the scales at a whopping 14 tons.

“One of the World’s Largest Amethysts” vs The Empress of Uruguay

Empress of Uruguay3.27 meters (10.73 feet)N/A2.5 tonsOver $150,000 USD
One of The Largest Amethyst Geodes in the World5 meters (16.4 feet)2.3 meters (7.5 feet)14 tons$300,000-$400,000 USD

A Peek Inside The Most Expensive Geode

Not only does it boast impressive dimensions, but this geode also mesmerizes with its spectrum of colors. Depending on the interplay of light and the observer’s angle, the geode reveals a dance of lilac, rose, and bluish amethyst hues. But what truly sets this specimen apart, pushing its value to its high bracket, is its unique coloration, intriguing shape, and the presence of rare yellow hemispherical calcite crystals.

When one gazes into the geode, it’s like peering into a galaxy of shimmering stars. The exceptional luster of its crystals scintillates, creating a dazzling display reminiscent of a night sky filled with thousands of twinkling stars. The geode’s internal structure further adds to its allure, with convoluted ridges and mounds emerging from within.

The Undisputed Jewel of the Earth

As of today, to the best of our knowledge, “One of the World’s Largest Amethysts” stands as the largest available amethyst in the marketplace. It’s also the largest ever offered at a public auction. Discovered in Uruguay, this world-class specimen epitomizes the majestic power of nature and the awe-inspiring beauty that lies hidden beneath our feet.

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