If you have purchased either Pink Amethyst or Bahia Jasper (more commonly known as Judy's Jasper and also called Eye of the Storm) from me in the past you may remember that I originally listed the mine location on your invoice as Bahia, Brazil. This was based on the original information given to my supplier by his supplier at that time.
After many conversations and growing curiosity around this material's location, my suppliers fantastic detective work eventually revealed that the mine for Pink Amethyst and Bahia Jasper (both Judy's Jasper and the newly mined Red Bahia Jasper) is actually in a city called Ametista Do Sul in the state of Rio Grande Do Sul. Looking at the map below, you can see that this location is over 2300 kilometers away from the State of Bahia. It was definitely time for an update to the shop records and important to share these details because neither Pink Amethyst nor Bahia Jasper is from Bahia!
We are not exactly sure why the mine location was given as Bahia, but our best guess is that it was done to protect the location of the find. This is not unheard of, and illustrates why I prefer to buy more directly whenever possible. In this case, the material was not purchased directly through the mine but through an intermediary supplier who sold it to my supplier, who is also my trusted friend.
UPDATE-I have recently learned that the more precise location of this mine is near the city of Planalto, on a reservation belonging to the Kaingangues Indians. Some rough is exported, but for sales inside Brazil it is my understanding that all mining and cutting is done on the premises, and the tribal Elders deal with a few select suppliers who purchase and then re-sell to other dealers. This explains why most of this material is not available through direct purchase.
I have also been shown photographs of huge Pink Amethyst nodules being cut. I have not seen any images circulating of what this material looks like in the rough, so here is a really cool inside scoop!
Since the original find of Pink Amethyst was in Argentina, this confirmed location in the extreme southern portion of Brazil which borders Argentina makes a lot of sense.
In summary, Brazilian Pink Amethyst and both types of Bahia Jasper (Judy's Jasper and Red Bahia Jasper) do not come from Bahia. They all come from the same mine in the extreme southern portion of Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande Do Sul. Thank you so much for reading, and sharing the ever unfolding story of this beautiful material. Update accomplished!
And now back to your regularly scheduled programming 😂