Enhydro Brandberg Amethyst Smoky Quartz from Namibia
Dimension: 3.6cm x 2.3cm x 2.2cm
Locality: Tafelkop, Goboboseb Mountains Region, Brandberg Area, Dâures, Erongo, Namibia
A beautiful specimen of Enhydro Brandberg Amethyst Smoky Quartz crystal carefully mined by hand nearby Goboboseb Mountains in the Brandberg area of Namibia with vivid purple color flashing generously inside-out. Brandberg crystals with a visible blend of Amethyst and Smoky Quartz, either as phantoms or body colour, are the finest.
An Enhydro is a crystal that contains drops of water or other liquids suspended in enclosed small bubbles. If the Enhydro bubble moves it is called an Enhydro Runner. The ancient geology of this part of Namibia (the oldest desert on earth for more than 55 million years) indicates that Brandberg Enhydro Crystals contain water around 120 million years old. The vibration of original, pure water, amplified by the surrounding quartz, is powerfully healing.
How was it mined?
Brandberg crystals are found only in this inhospitable and dry section of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Brandberg Region is considered by the locals as a sacred and spiritual site full of history and great significance to the San (or Bushmen) Tribes who sheltered there and rendered over 48,000 paintings and engravings withing its overhanging rocks and caves. The plains in the Brandberg region are full of mysterious Welwitschia mirabilis of thousand years old, a sacred plant in a sacred place.
Coping in a harsh desert environment, local miners must bring supplies, food and water to sustain themselves through weeks of digging, special care must be taken to avoid the venomous scorpions. As the surface stones are becoming much harder to find, miners are now digging deeper and working harder to unearth more of these magical Brandberg crystals from further down. And this is why Brandberg crystals are so rare and scarce, only little would be permitted for exports by the Namibia government.
The Brandberg is an isolated massif reaching 2606 meters (8550 feet), and rises much higher than any other feature for hundreds of kilometers around. It is composed of a single mass of granite that rose through the Earth's crust some 120 million years ago.