Clear Quartz with intense red to bright orange phantoms caused by Hematite inclusions. These finds at Orange river (aptly named) have been made infrequently over the past couple of decades. This is an especially choice matrix piece in fine condition and with unusually strong color. The terminations are sharp and undamaged which is also quite rare. Esthetic small cabinet size that could be trimmed to a miniature if desired but look great to us as is.
This amazing find of clear Quartz with bright yellow tips was big news in the mineral world recently. The find seems to be finished and these quickly became prized specimens. This piece is a choice example, with a strong display impact far bigger than the small size. In perfect condition the yellow tipped crystals are mixed with several clear, colorless prisms making a nice contrast. This does not have the muddy, brownish color that many have it is very bright and lively. The inclusions are still unconfirmed but the latest idea is Halloysite. No mater the included mineral the esthetic effect is impressive. Top bright luster and super clarity, a fine addition to any quartz suite or just for a spot of color on the shelf.
Quartz included by Hollandite stars
Ambatofinandrahana Department, Amoroni Mania Region
10 x 5.6 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
A pair of closely joined Quartz prisms showing star inclusions of Hollandite. The main crystals growing from a cluster of smaller Quartz and are clear enough to clearly see the radiating bursts of dark Hollandite crystals. From finds over 15 years ago, these are not being found anymore as far as we know. The Quartz is also in very good condition, most of the other specimens in the find had significant chipping. A nice addition to a Quartz suite or any collection of inclusions.
A well proportioned Scepter of Quartz that has a milky phantom in the head sits on a mix of smaller crystals. Overall very esthetic and looks great from all sides, this is in outstanding condition. Vintage 1992-3 from the Verkhnil (Verhniy) Mine at Dalngorsk, this miniature has nice display impact. Ex William Hladysz collection.
Small, perfect, gem clear, brilliantly lustrous tabular habit Quartz. From the recently described (May-June 2019 Rocks and Minerals magazine) Devils Den locality. These alpine style Quartz are not often available and are not well known outside the Northeastern USA. An excellent thumbnail example from this location and an attractive Quartz from anyplace. In fine condition as seen.
Quartz -"Mt Tabor type"
Devils Den, Mount Tabor, Rutland County
3.2 x 2.2 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Gem clear, doubly terminated Quartz from Devils Den that has a slight faden line, and several terminations in a line that share the same tabular prism faces. Some of this sort have been called "Mt Tabor Twins" though these are likely not a unique twin law but are quite distinctive and very unusual. The June 2019 Rocks and Minerals article describes the locality well and these alpine style USA Quartz are not often available on the market.
Quartz- faden, USA locality
Devils Den, Mount Tabor, Rutland County
3.8 x 3 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
The faden Quartz from the long known locality of Devils Den, Mt Tabor, Vermont is rarely seen. This site was recently described in the June, 2019 issue of Rocks and Minerals, and illustrates several unusual habits of Alpine style Quartz not often seen in the USA. This tabular transparent Quartz crystal shows a very distinct faden string as well as offset growth structures and recrystallized breaks. Some chipping exists at one end but the rest is undamaged. A nice gemmy transparent Faden from the USA not often available.
Quartz with Hematite
Chubb Lake, St. Lawrence County
2.2 x 2.1 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A superb thumbnail- doubly terminated Quartz from Chubb Lake that looks remarkably like a fine English (Cumberland area) Quartz. This has inclusions of sharp Hematite crystals and a few on the exterior of a few faces as well. The crystal is quite transparent but densely included with the Hematites so it seems murky inside. In flawless condition, this has very sharp edges and almost non-existanct prism faces (they are under 1 mm in size). This locality has been closed for decades and dates back to the 1850 vintage. Good pieces of this quality are quite rare, certainly less common that their British counterparts.