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Smoky Quartz with enhydro, Glenwood, Pike County, ARSmoky Quartz with enhydro, Glenwood, Pike County, ARSmoky Quartz with enhydro, Glenwood, Pike County, AR
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Q-449  Smoky Quartz with fuid inclusion  $40

Glenwood, Pike County, Arkansas

5.8 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm.

Naturally occurring Smoky Quartz from Arkansas is extremely rare.  This glassy and transparent crystal is a complete, all-around floater and is pristine. The contacted, flat base is damage-free.  As a bonus this crystal also has a fluid inclusion with a gas bubble as indicated by the arrow marked on the side.  This Quartz crystal was collected in 1939-40 by Glenn H. Hodson who, years later, became a mineral dealer in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Double-terminated Smoky Quartz crystals of this quality from the Ouachita Mountains, not Hot Springs, are rarely available.


Amethyst, Kingston Peak, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, CAAmethyst, Kingston Peak, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, CA
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Q-452  Amethyst  $45

Kingston Peak, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, CA

5.1 x 3.5 x 3.7 cm

This specimen is from a location that has been known since the early 1900's when Tiffany & Co. developed this area for Amethyst to use in its jewelry.  The location is a formidable place to dig at as the Mountain does not give up its treasures easily.  This specimen was found in late 2010.  A lot of the material from this find has unusual color-zoning, as if it started out as milky Quartz with oriented bands of light and dark-colored Amethyst and a final, micro-thin layer of clear Quartz.


Quartz with Montmorillonite inclusions, White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, CAQuartz with Montmorillonite inclusions, White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, CA
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Q-445  Quartz with Montmorillonite inclusions  SOLD

White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, CA

6.2 x 6.4 x 3.2 cm.


Here's a classic Quartz from the pegmatites of northern San Diego County. In 1970's several pockets with Quartz crystals with pink & tan Montmorillonite inclusions were found. Many of these crystals, especially the larger ones, were sawn in half & polished to better show these inclusions. What saved this one from being brutalized by saw and lap is the fact that a portion of this crystal had dissolved and re-crystallized leaving a cavern-like indentation. The faces of this crystal that haven't been etched are extremely glassy which is uncommon for this material. This is a complete crystal all around with no damage.  Examples of these crystals are rarely seen these days.


Quartz, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, BrazilQuartz, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Q-429  Quartz (modified by lightning)  $40

Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

8.6 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm.

This is a Quartz crystal that, inside the rock where it was formed, was submitted to a high electrical voltage created by lightning hitting the rock (not the Quartz crystal).  Due to its piezoelectrical properties, the Quartz crystal submitted to this high voltage will expand or contract (depending on the signal of the electrical field, positive or negative).  The result is a weird crack pattern that develops on the crystals faces of the Quartz. There is a paper about these type of crystals that was published by Prof. Joachim Karfunkel et. al., from University of Minas Gerais, who found the explanation for these weird crack patterns.


Amethyst epimorph after Calcite, Artigas, Artigas Department, UruguayAmethyst cast after Calcite, Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay
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Q-443  Amethyst cast after Calcite  $95

Artigas, Artigas Department, Uruguay

7.5 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm.

Here we have a complete all-around Amethyst cast after Calcite.  This specimen consists of a tower of numerous medium-purple Amethyst crystals.  If you look up the bottom of the specimen you will see the sharp, pseudohexagonal form of the dissolved Calcite crystal.  The Calcite was completely etched away by corrosive solutions in the pocket, leaving the Amethyst.  These specimens are one of nature's better looking mineral oddities.


Quartz on Hematite pseudomorph after Epidote, Bessemer Ridge, Green Mountain, King County, WAQuartz on Hematite pseudomorph after Epidote, Bessemer Ridge, Green Mountain, King County, WA
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Q-439  Quartz on Hematite pseudomorph after Epidote  $60

Bessemer Ridge, Green Mountain, King County, WA

6.6 x 2 x 1.7 cm.

The pseudomorph specimens from this location have always been one of my favorites. They consist of an Epidote crystal that has been entirely replaced with Hematite faithfully retaining its original form. A later generation of Quartz crystals then grew on the faces of the pseudomorph.  You almost never see these Quartz covered pseudomorphs offered for sale anymore.


Rose Quartz on Quartz, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilRose Quartz on Quartz, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Q-442  Rose Quartz on Quartz  $135

Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

7.1 x 4.5 x 4 cm.

This specimen features Rose Quartz of good color capping a well-formed, prismatic crystal of Quartz.  In the middle of one of the terminal faces a brown-colored inclusion can be seen; perhaps one of the phosphate minerals found there.  Rose quartz is very rare in good crystals, and is the most prized of the Quartz varietals.


Smoky Quartz, Refuge de la Charpoua, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FranceSmoky Quartz, Refuge de la Charpoua, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FranceSmoky Quartz, Refuge de la Charpoua, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
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Q-428  Smoky Quartz  $100

Refuge de la Charpoua, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

6.5 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm.

A very lustrous and clear left-handed Smoky Quartz crystal from the French Alps.  This crystal has several unusual crystal faces near the termination.  The French Alps, especially the Chamonix area, are renowned for the superb Alpine Quartz specimens.


Quartz with Actinolite inclusions, Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kyklades Prefecture, GreeceQuartz with Actinolite inclusions, Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kyklades Prefecture, Greece
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Q-174  Quartz with Actinolite inclusions  $120

Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kykládes Prefecture, Greece

6.2 x 4.5 x 2 cm.

After Laurium, the small island of Serifos (where iron has been mined since Roman times) is probably the most renowned mineral locality in Greece, especially for these world-class specimens of Quartz heavily included by the mineral Actinolite.  These crystals are thought to have grown in irregular cavities encompassing the fibrous Actinolite which had formed earlier.  These included Quartz specimens were first brought to market in quantity at the 1988 Tucson Mineral Show, being sold as Hedenbergite included Quartz.  Since then, only occasional small lots have trickled out into the mineral market afterwards.  Demand for these have always been highly sought after due to their rich color.  Specimens of these amazing crystals are hard to come by these days.


Quartz with Actinolite inclusions, Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kyklades Prefecture, GreeceQuartz with Actinolite inclusions, Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kyklades Prefecture, Greece
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Q-173  Quartz with Actinolite inclusions  $100

Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kykládes Prefecture, Greece

7.2 x 1.5 x .9 cm.

After Laurium, the small island of Serifos (where iron has been mined since Roman times) is probably the most renowned mineral locality in Greece, especially for these world-class specimens of Quartz heavily included by the mineral Actinolite.  These crystals are thought to have grown in irregular cavities encompassing the fibrous Actinolite which had formed earlier.  These included Quartz specimens were first brought to market in quantity at the 1988 Tucson Mineral Show, being sold as Hedenbergite included Quartz.  Since then, only occasional small lots have trickled out into the mineral market afterwards.  Demand for these have always been highly sought after due to their rich color.  Specimens of these amazing crystals are hard to come by these days.


Quartz with Chlorite inclusion, Paulista, Presidente Kubitschek, Minas Gerais, BrazilQuartz with Chlorite inclusion, Paulista, Presidente Kubitschek, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Q-406  Quartz with Chlorite inclusions  $50

Paulista, Presidente Kubitschek, Minas Gerais, Brazil

6.6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm.

Here we have a Chlorite-included Quartz from Brazil that is better than most.  This specimen consists of a very gemmy 6.6 centimeter crystal of Quartz that is included with phantoms of green and silvery-white Chlorite.  On the rear of the main Quartz is an explosion of smaller Quartz crystals, some of which are included with Chlorite.  This specimen is that it is not chipped (as so many seem to be) nor has it been polished to better view the inclusions.


Amethyst, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, California
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Q-327  Amethyst  $35

Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, California

5 x 6 x 4.5 cm.

Besides looking for new finds when I go to the Tucson Show each year, I'm constantly looking for hard to find material and classic locality specimens.  This Amethyst specimen fits into the category of the latter two.  This location has been known since the early 1900's when Tiffany & Co. developed this area for Amethyst to use in its jewelry.  This is a formidable location to dig at as the Mountain does not give up its treasures easily.  This specimen was found in late 2010.  A lot of the material from this find has unusual color-zoning, as if it started out as milky Quartz with oriented bands of Amethyst and a final, micro-thin layer of clear Quartz.


Quartz with Goethite, Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, King County, Washington
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Q-405  Quartz with Goethite  $50

Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, Green Ridge, King County, WA

6 x 5 x 3 cm.

This fantastic specimen hails from a well-known specimen producing area in King County, Washington.  This area is known for its beautiful Pyrite and Quartz specimens. This specimen features sharp, well-formed crystals of Quartz with associated reddish-brown Goethite.  This locality is notorious for the difficult conditions that must be endured while collecting.


Quartz, Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, King County, WashingtonQuartz, Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, King County, Washington
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Q-403  Quartz  $40

Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, Green Ridge, King County, WA

7.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 cm.

Here we have a gemmy crystal of Quartz from the well-known specimen producing area of King County, Washington.  This area is known for its beautiful Pyrite and Quartz specimens. This is a complete crystal with no damage.  This locality is notorious for the difficult conditions that must be endured while collecting.


Smoky Quartz, Lolo Pass, Missoula County, Montana
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Q-426  Smoky Quartz on Microcline  $35

Lolo Pass, Missoula County, MT

5.3 x 4.9 x 3.1 cm.

A stout Dauphiné-twinned, 5.3 centimeter Smoky Quartz partially penetrated by a nearly 5 centimeter Smoky Quartz.  This crystal has many unique growth lines and patterns on some of the crystal faces.  These Smokies from Lolo Pass don't seem to be as abundant as they used to be.  Collected in the 1980's by Jim & Dawn Minette.


Quartz scepter crystal, Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, King County, WashingtonQuartz scepter crystal, Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, King County, Washington

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Q-427  Quartz (scepter crystal)  $55

Purple Hope No. 4 Claim, Green Ridge, King County, WA

7.2 x 2.3 x 3 cm.

A well-formed and clear scepter-type example of Quartz.  This crystal is complete all around with a bifurcated termination.  This area is best known for the beautiful Pyrite and Quartz specimens that are found there.  This locality is notorious for the difficult conditions that must be endured while collecting.



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Q-175  Quartz with Actinolite inclusions  $75

Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Kykládes Prefecture, Greece

5.8 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm.

After Laurium, the small island of Serifos (where iron has been mined since Roman times) is probably the most renowned mineral locality in Greece, especially for these world-class specimens of Quartz heavily included by the mineral Actinolite.  These crystals are thought to have grown in irregular cavities encompassing the fibrous Actinolite which had formed earlier.  These included Quartz specimens were first brought to market in quantity at the 1988 Tucson Mineral Show, being sold as Hedenbergite included Quartz.  Since then, only occasional small lots have trickled out into the mineral market afterwards.  Demand for these have always been highly sought after due to their rich color.  Specimens of these amazing crystals are hard to come by these days.


Quartz on Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, MalawiQuartz on Smoky Quartz, Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
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Q-338  Quartz on Smoky Quartz  $25

Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

6.8 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm.

Here we have a clear Smoky Quartz crystal that has a peculiar overgrowth of milky Quartz.  The brown patch (including some growth hillocks, indicating regrowth) at the rear of the crystal is where it abutted another Quartz crystal during its growth, and it allows us a fine view into the smoky interior.  A curious Quartz crystal from a now classic mineral locality.


Quartz with Chlorite inclusions, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil Quartz with Chlorite inclusions, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Q-332  Quartz with Chlorite inclusions  $40

Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

9 x 2.8 x 3 cm.

This unusual included Quartz has three faces that are extremely clear and glassy and three that have a more coarse and sandy texture.  The glassy surface exhibits a very interesting, tessellating growth pattern.  As well as possessing an unusual termination, this specimen has patches of a very soft, blebby dark mineral.  When viewed from the bottom, the sectional structure that runs up the length of the crystal is revealed.  This specimen is far better in person than in the photos.


Quartz with Dravite inclusions, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, BrazilQuartz with Dravite inclusions, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Q-333  Quartz with Dravite inclusions  $40

Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

8.2 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm.

This Quartz crystal is very gemmy and has many sprays of a gray-blue fibrous mineral, that according to Luiz Menezes has been analyzed and found to be Dravite, included within its termination.  An unusual included-Quartz specimen in my opinion.


Amethyst scepter crystal, Santa Maria do Jetiba, Espírito Santo, BrazilAmethyst scepter crystal, Santa Maria do Jetiba, Espírito Santo, Brazil
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Q-275  Amethyst-Smoky Quartz scepter  $125

Santa Maria do Jetiba, Espírito Santo, Brazil

10 x 6.2 x 4.7 cm.

This specimen of scepter Quartz is from a location that produces some very interesting crystals.  This crystal has a termination of Amethyst a middle zone that is nearly clear and colorless with a ring of slightly Smoky Quartz at the base of the head of the scepter. The stem of the scepter is translucent and colorless.  The termination of this specimen has many interesting-looking growth hillocks.  A fine example of scepter Quartz from a country that has a seemingly endless and diverse supply of minerals.


Amethyst, Osilo, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy
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Q-258  Amethyst  $55

Osilo, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy

9.5 x 6.5 x 3.9 cm.

A vuggy specimen of gemmy Amethyst crystals from a classic locality.  These gemmy Amethyst specimens from Sardinia were at one time abundant but it has been a while since I've seen any really good examples of this material for sale.  The label accompanying this specimen indicates that it was obtained in May of 1973.


Rose Quartz on Smoky Quartz, Paroon Valley, Kunar Province, AfghanistanRose Quartz on Smoky Quartz, Paroon Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
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Q-391  Rose Quartz on Smoky Quartz  $175

Paroon Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan

6 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm.

Rose Quartz, while common, is rarely found as crystals, most of which are found in Brazil.  This rare specimen is from the small find made in 2002.  No more of these spectacular Rose Quartz crystals from Afghanistan have been found since.  Most of the Rose Quartz crystals from this find could be measured in millimeters.  This specimen features single crystals up to 1.9 cm. in size, making an already rare specimen even more exceptional.  Unlike most crystallized Rose Quartz, the Afghani specimens tend to have a lavender-rose hue which in contrast with the Smoky Quartz makes for a very aesthetic specimen.


Smoky Quartz, Brig, Valais, Switzerland
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Q-166  Smoky Quartz  $30

Brig, Valais, Switzerland

4.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm.

Here we have a lightly-hued Smoky Quartz with good clarity from a location that is famous for the quality of the Quartz crystals that have been found there.  It is very hard and dangerous work collecting crystals in the mineralized clefts of the Swiss Alps.  Good examples of Swiss Quartz are hard to come by in the U.S. as they are highly prized by the Strahlers that collect them and are much sought after by European collectors.


Smoky Quartz, Brig, Valais, Switzerland
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Q-168  Smoky Quartz with Chlorite  $30

Brig, Valais, Switzerland

4.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm.

Here we have a clear crystal of Smoky Quartz with a slight dusting of Chlorite from a location that is famous for the quality of the Quartz crystals that have been found there.  This Smoky Quartz has a depression on its rear face with very interesting growth patterns.  It is very hard and dangerous work collecting crystals in the mineralized clefts of the Swiss Alps.  Good examples of Swiss Quartz are hard to come by in the U.S. as they are highly prized by the Strahlers that collect them and are much sought after by European collectors.


Quartz with Graphite inclusions, Cong Ly, Hunan Province, ChinaQuartz with Graphite inclusions, Cong Ly, Hunan Province, China
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Q-151  Quartz with Graphite inclusions  $125

Cong Ly, Hunan Province, China

10.3 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm.

Here we have a large, incredibly gemmy Quartz crystal with numerous inclusions of Graphite measuring up to 2 cm. in size.  It is incredibly difficult to convey in a photograph just how glassy these crystals really are.  As far as I am concerned, these are the most interesting Quartz crystals that I have seen come from China. Graphite inclusions in Quartz are very rare, and even more so, in a Quartz crystal that is so glassy and lustrous.



Smoky Quartz, Talefre Glacier, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamoix, Rhone-Alpes, France
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Q-342  Smoky Quartz  $65

Talefre Glacier, Mont Blanc Massif, Rhône-Alpes, France

6.5 x 4.6 x 3 cm.

Despite the way it looks in the photo, this cluster of fine Smoky Quartz crystals is water-clear. This specimen was a pain to photograph, even the guy I got it from had problems photographing it for his website. This Smoky Quartz looks so much better in person. This beautiful Quartz specimen is essentially a floater, with only a small area of contact on its bottom. The bottom of this specimen features multiple terminations and several smaller Quartz crystals. A fine example of Alpine Quartz for which this location is justifiably famous for.