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KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga, South Africa - mineral specimens and crystals

KwaNdebele is an area of 1 970 kmē (761 sq mi) that lies in the north-eastern side of South Africa, about 180 Km (112 mi) from Johannesburg and was zoned as a semi-independent homeland for the Ndebele people in the late 1970's. The homeland was granted self-rule in April 1981. KwaNdebele legislature expressed interest in seeking independence in May 1982 and some preparations were made, but an exceptional lack of viability in economic affairs along with land disputes prevented this from occurring. KwaNdebele was re-integrated into South Africa in April 1994. It now forms part of the Mpumalanga province.

This area is well-known for its cactus quartz that occurs in shades from clear to citrine (caused by iron oxide coating) and amethyst. The local miners did not understand the meaning of 'amethyst', so two of the main buyers asked these miners whether they had crystals for sale that had the colour of spirits (referring to methylated spirits). Subsequently the local miners then started calling these 'spirits quartz'. Not always knowing the origin of this description, eventually people started talking about 'spirit' quartz.

Specimens for sale from KwaNdebele:

Latest Upload:  19 August 2021



Pale amethyst coloured cactus quartz crystals on quartz matrix

Cactust Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 001

137 x 95 x 72 mm

R 450

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Two amethyst cactus quartz crystals on matrix

Amethyst Cactus Quartz Crystals - KW 002

65 x 34 x 25 mm 

R SOLD

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Light amethyst to yellow cactus quartz crystals on matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 003

170 x 113 x 88 mm

R SOLD

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Amethyst quartz crystals on quartz matrix

Amethyst Cactus Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 004

76 x 68 x 28 mm

R 250

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Light amethyst cactus quartz crystals

Cactus Quartz Crystals - KW 005

57 x 40 x 38 mm

R 45

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Cactus quartz crystal group with faint amethyst colouring

Cactus Quartz Crystal Group - KW 006

71 x 52 x 44 mm

R 120

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Light amethyst cactus quartz crystal group

Amethyst Cactus Quartz Crystal Group - KW 007

86 x 60 x 54 mm

R 180

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Cactus quartz crystal group on matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystal Group - KW 008

70 x 43 x 35 mm

R 20

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Sparkling, white cactus quartz crystals on matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 009

75 x 55 x 46 mm

R 350

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Amethyst quartz crystal group

Amethyst Quartz Crystal Group - KW 010

73 x 53 x 35 mm

R 180

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Cactus quartz crystal group

Cactus Quartz Crystal Group - KW 011

68 x 37 x 30 mm

R 75

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Group of pale amethyst coloured cactus quartz crystals on quartz matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystal Group - KW 012

123 x 108 x 71 mm

R 350

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Quartz crystals on matrix, most with phantoms

Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 013

160 x 85 x 54 mm

R 450

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Amethyst quartz crystals on matrix

Amethyst Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 014

72 x 41 x 36 mm

R 85

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Cactus quartz crystals with yellow iron oxide staining

Cactus Quartz Crystal with Iron Oxide - KW 015

77 x 35 x 28 mm

R 75

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Light amethyst cactus quartz crystals on matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystals on Matrix - KW 016

108 x 77 x 67 mm

R 130

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Cactus quartz crystal group on matrix

Cactus Quartz Crystal Group on Matrix - KW 017

86 x 83 x 58 mm

R 150

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