Dims: 7.04x5.35x4.00" (17.88x13.59x10.17cm)
Wt: 41.34oz (1172g)
Himchal Pradesh, India
This is a plate of heavily intergrown quartz crystals, mounted by clusters of larger prismatic quartz crystals which show excellent clarity. The quartz is completely colorless and I can detect few inclusions. The surfaces of the crystals do show fine striations and a dusting of additional minerals which prevents the crystals from appearing perfectly transparent. The specimen presents well, although there are large areas of the quartz plate with a relatively smooth surface - it looks like contact areas with adjacent minerals which were, of course, removed. A loupe reveals that the flat areas are mostly natural quartz facets (or rather thousands of tiny facets), with not very much in the way of fracture surfaces. A few of the medium sized crystals are broken, and the largest crystal has a small amount of obvious damage at its tip.