scepter (double terminated) $75
Eonyang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
4.6 x 2.1 x 1.4 cm
A double terminated Quartz scepter with an Amethyst overgrowth on one termination and the other termination being a colorless reverse scepter. This specimen has a good form. Amethyst scepters from this location are hard to obtain and are considered to be classics. This location is now defunct as the property has been converted to an amusement park.
Q-588 Smoky Quartz scepter $95
Bobruvka, dár nad Sázavou District, Vysocina Region, Czech Republic
9.3 x 6.1 x 5.7 cm
A Smoky Quartz crystal with multiple overgrowths of milky and transparent Quartz. In other words, a scepter crystal. This specimen has a glass-like lustre. The jagged termination of this crystal is due to dissolution caused by changes in the geological environment (rising temperatures, aggressive solutions, increasing pressure). To learn more about scepter Quartz visit Amir Akhavan's magnificent website devoted to all things Quartz: http://www.quartzpage.de/gro_text.html#scepter
Q-584 Amethyst $75
Baobab Mine, Kitui County, Kenya
9.3 x 7 x 5.5 cm
A sharply terminated and mostly clear Amethyst crystal from a remote region of Kenya. Some of the faces of this Amethyst show skeletal and/or stepped-growth features and there are even some minor clay inclusions, all of which are fine accents. The base is partially terminated and partially contacted.
Rist Mine, Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina
13.4 x 8.3 x 6.6 cm
A large, water-clear group of Smoky Quartz crystals. The center crystal is accented with a deep-red Rutile crystal measuring 1.7 cm embedded~included just below the termination. The glassy faces of this specimen exhibit stepped striations with only one tiny imperfection on the rear of the termination the right hand crystal.
Q-556 Quartz $85
Rist Mine, Hiddenite, Alexander County, NC
7 x 4.9 x 4 cm
A gem-clear example of Quartz from Hiddenite, North Carolina. The crystal has a nice texture with many growth plates being visible. The rear portion of this crystal has a natural, flattened form that is not a contact or damage. The white areas on the rear of the specimen are not damage, but little bits of Albite that are embedded in the crystal. This specimen will really stand out in your mineral display. While the electric-green Hiddenite and the top-quality Emeralds from this region get get all of the glory; many fine quality Quartz specimens have been recovered over the years. This specimen is complete all around with no Damage.
Q-591 Smoky Quartz $35
Black and Blue Claim, Harris Park, Park County, CO
9.5 x 4 x 3.3 cm
A clear crystal of Smoky Quartz. from a lesser known Colorado location that was intermittently worked by noted digger Ken Gochenouer in about a 25 year period from the late 80's - mid 2000's.
Q-586 Smoky Quartz & Microcline $95
Black Cap Mountain, North Conway, Conway, Carroll County, NH
17.6 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm
A very large crystal of Smoky Quartz from a remote New Hampshire locality. This crystal has a flattened form, and striated faces. It is complete all the way around, and terminated on top. The termination and back 2 faces have bits of Microcline embedded in them.
Q-559 Quartz variety Prase $175
Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Milos, South Aegean, Greece
10.5 x 2 x 1.6 cm
A large and richly colored crystal of included Quartz from Greece. 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 which later found to actually be Actinolite. Since then, only occasional small lots of small-sized crystals have trickled out into the mineral market.
on Chalcedony $2,500
Amethyst Mountain, Yellowstone National Park, Park County, WY
21.3 x 16.5 x 8.4 cm
A large plate of Amethyst on Chalcedony from Amethyst Mountain, Eastern Fork of the Yellowstone River in Northwestern Wyoming. The crystals on this specimen have a light, lavender-purple hue. The smaller crystals have unusual stepped faces on their terminations. Nearly all of the crystals on this specimen are intact. This specimen pre-dates Yellowstone Park and is most likely circa 1860's to early 1870's. It was collected before collecting in Yellowstone was prohibited and had resided in the Philadelphia Academy Collection for over a century until 2007 when the collection was dispersed. I think any mineral specimen from America's most famous park is to be treasured and can be considered an American Heirloom.
Q-548 faden Smoky Quartz $50
Miage Glacier, Veny Valley, Monte Bianco Massif, Courmayeur, Aosta, Italy
6.5 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm
A very clear faden Quartz from a renowned alpine mineral locality. Faden Quartz is the descriptive term for a usually tabular group of Quartz crystals with a white thread-like or string-like zone running through the interior. The term faden is a German word for "thread". They are commonly found in the Alpine region of Europe, Pakistan, Russia and Arkansas. To learn more about faden Quartz visit Amir Akhavan's magnificent website devoted to all things Quartz: http://www.quartzpage.de/gro_text.html#faden
Q-525 Quartz on Smoky Quartz $50
Silent Grove Lode, Silent Grove, Clive County, New South Wales, Australia
9 x 3.8 x 4 cm
A crystal of Smoky Quartz that has has a peculiar overgrowth of milky Quartz. This specimen has a good lustre with a cobblestone-like texture. Silent Grove is one Australia's most noteworthy Quartz locations.
Q-500 Smoky Quartz $75
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
6.2 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
When one thinks of pegmatites, one usually assumes that a significant portion of the minerals found there will be Quartz. However, at Mont Saint-Hilaire, this is not the case as most of the Quartz crystals are found in the non-pegmatite rock formations. While Quartz crystals to 15 cm. have occasionally been found, they are typically opaque & crudely formed. This translucent, double-terminated Quartz crystal exhibits multiple stages of growth with distinct color zoning throughout the crystal. Specimens from this classic location are getting hard to come by as collecting is restricted to one or two field trips per year, to small groups (drawn by lottery) of members of the Club de Minéralogie de Montréal, under very strict rules.
Q-174 Quartz variety Prase $125
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 crystals are hard to come by these days.
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.
Q-570 Citrine $35
Villasbuenas, Salamanca, Castile and Leon, Spain
4 x 2.6 x 1.5 cm
A group of well-formed, honey-colored Citrine crystals on matrix.
Q-568 Amethyst $45
Nekemte, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
5.4 x 4.2 x 2.7 cm
A mostly clear, medium-colored crystal of Amethyst from a find made 11-12 years ago. The crystal is complete all around with a micro-sized imperfection on its termination.
Q-587 Quartz with Adularia $75
Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
12 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm
A large and gemmy example of Quartz from one of Pakistan's many alpine-type cleft locations. This crystal has a flattened form and has been mildly etched by hydrothermal solutions while in situ. The upper portion of this crystal is adorned with many twinned crystals of Adularia. Also present on the termination is a minor dusting of greenish Chlorite and a brownish mineral that most likely is Siderite.
Q-533 Smoky Quartz (double-terminated) $40
Miage Glacier, Veny Valley, Monte Bianco Massif, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
8.3 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm
A glassy, water-clear crystal of Smoky Quartz with an unusual form. I am not sure what is responsible for this crystal's peculiar form but I think it is an interesting specimen. No damage.
Q-537 Smoky Quartz with Microcline $75
Lolo Pass, Missoula County, MT
10.9 x 4.1 x 4 cm
This specimen consists of a slender 10.9 cm prism of Smoky Quartz that is partially enveloped by a 7 cm tabular Smoky Quartz crystal. The larger crystal although very dark in hue is very clear. The smaller crystal is translucent and is contacted on one side. Also present on this specimen is a 3.5 cm crystal of Microcline. This specimen is complete all around with just a miniscule imperfection on the termination.
with Boulangerite $45
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
6.5 x 5.1 x 3.1 cm
A plate of glassy Quartz crystals included by the sulfide mineral, Boulangerite. The well-formed crystals sit on a matrix of other undetermined sulfides. A great locality piece.
Q-534 etched Quartz $50
Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
6.2 x 5.7 x 4 cm
An extremely gemmy & transparent, hydrothermally etched Quartz crystal. An interesting feature of this specimen is that some faces of the crystal are slightly frosted and some are water-clear. These Quartz crystals are a result of dissolution effects in a pocket, where an already formed crystal was later exposed to new hot fluids that removed molecules from the Quartz bit by bit, to create these surface effects. Resulting in these beautiful crystals with fascinating patterns.
Q-585 faden Quartz with Chlorite inclusions $35
Lam Dong Province, Vietnam
5.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm
An example of Quartz with a fuzzy line called a faden clearly visible running across the center of the crystals. This specimen also has inclusions of the mineral Chlorite. In German, the word "faden" means string, as these quartz specimens feature thin thread-like or string-like internal inclusions which sometimes are needles of an amphibole species, and sometimes they are internal "stress scars" from tectonic movement underground, where the crystals are pulled apart slightly and allow fluid or gas to enter).
To learn more about faden Quartz visit Amir Akhavan's magnificent website devoted to all things Quartz: http://www.quartzpage.de/gro_text.html#faden
Q-175 Quartz variety Prase $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 the most renowned mineral locality in Greece, especially for these world-class specimens of Quartz heavily included by the mineral Actinolite (many specimens are erroneously labled Hedenbergite). 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 crystals are hard to come by these days.
Q-601 Smoky Quartz scepter $35
Mount Malosa, Zomba, Southern Region, Malawi
8.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm
A very gemmy smoky Quartz scepter with two “heads”.
Q-486 Quartz with Cosalite inclusions & Siderite $45
Kara-Oba W Deposit, Betpakdala Desert, Karazhal, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
8.5 x 5.3 x 3.5 cm
A pair of water-clear Quartz crystals with a jacket of opaque Quartz. A dusting of green-brown-colored Siderite lends a nice accent of color to this specimen. The clear area on the rear is not damaged, it is where the Quartz crystals grew against other Quartz crystals which allows you to see the gemmy interior which has inclusions of the uncommon lead-bismuth sulfosalt, Cosalite.
Q-426 Smoky Quartz on Microcline $40
Lolo Pass, Missoula County, MT
5.3 x 4.9 x 3.1 cm.
A stout, 5.3 centimeter Smoky Quartz partially penetrated by a 5 centimeter Smoky Quartz. This crystal has many unique growth lines and patterns on some of the crystal faces. These Smokies from Lolo Pass are not as abundant as they used to be. Collected in the 1980's by Jim & Dawn Minette.
Q-503 Quartz & Hematite $50
Jinlong Hill, Longchuan County, Heyuan, Guangdong, China
6 x 5.7 x 4.9 cm
This specimen hails from small deposit that is worked by local farmers for mineral specimens. This specimen features prismatic water clear Quartz crystals rising from a matrix of black, bladed rosettes of Hematite crystals.
Q-459 Quartz with Clinozoisite SOLD
Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, Riverside County, CA
6.4 x 2.9 x 2.1 cm
A Quartz crystal that is heavily coated by crystals of Clinozoisite in groups and as singles. The Quartz is clear and is doubly-terminated, albeit crudely.
Q-258 Amethyst $60
Osilo, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy
9.5 x 6.5 x 3.9 cm.
A vuggy, matrix 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.
Q-338 Quartz on Smoky Quartz $35
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.
Q-590 Quartz with Chlorite & Amphibole inclusions SOLD
Obira Mine, Bungo-Ono City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
5.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm
A very clear Quartz crystal with whitish Amphibole and green-colored Chlorite inclusions. The Chlorite occurs as small spheres while the Amphibole mineral is needle-like. The lower portion of the specimen has an indent from where another crystal formed up against it. A really good example of this material.
Q-597 Ametrine SOLD
Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Ángel Sandoval Province, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
7.4 x 5.3 x 3.7 cm
A natural, bi-color purple and yellow Ametrine crystal. This specimen shows true natural yellow Citrine, which is rare in nature. This specimen has excellent color saturation along with good internal clarity. This crystal's unusual form is the result of hydrothermal etching while in situ. Ametrine is a combination of natural purple and yellow Quartz (Amethyst + Citrine). The color regions form on opposing rhombohedral faces of the Quartz in the shape of triangular sections. When the Ametrine crystals are viewed down the "c" axis, you can see the classic "pinwheel" or "radiation" pattern. For years a large percentage of this material was sent to Brazil for lapidary treatment. These pieces left the factories with stickers attached that said "Product of Brazil" on them leading to the misconception that the material originated in Brazil. In response, the local Bolivian miners started calling Ametrine "Bolivianite" and declared it the national gemstone of their home country.
Q-593 Amethyst SOLD
Kingston Peak, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, CA
6.4 x 2.7 x 2.3 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. A lot of the material from this location 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. This 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.
Q-563 Quartz gwindel SOLD
Shalman, Khyber District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
5.4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
A mostly clear and slightly frosted example of gwindel Quartz from one of Pakistan's many alpine-cleft type mineral deposits. The crystal is complete with good terminations with just a minute imperfection. These specimens are from a small find made in 2012.
To learn more about gwindel Quartz visit Amir Akhavan's magnificent website devoted to all things Quartz: http://www.quartzpage.de/gwindel.html
Q-332 Quartz with Chlorite inclusions SOLD
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.
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