Dims: 4.3" x 1.8" x 1.5" (10.9 x 4.6 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 8.86 oz. (251.4 g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
One of the prettiest and most interesting specimens that I have seen, this piece has many attractive traits. It consists of a single colorless, transparent Quartz crystal. Close examination will show that it has a scepter form, wherein the crystal tapers at its base. It has a very subtle, pale smoky coloration and is transparent and moderately clear, though it does contain many cloudy inclusions and a few internal fractures. The crystal generally has clean edges and faces which give off a slightly dull, vitreous luster, though a few areas show some rather bizarre growth patterns and areas of healing. Its hexagonal prismatic form is moderately good, though parts of it are warped and its termination is not quite complete. The cause of this lack of form, however, is the fact that parts of the Quartz are permeated with green elbaite crystals! These crystals show good trigonal prismatic form though most are damaged and missing their terminations, and have a lovely deep-green color. They show a bright, vitreous luster and are transparent and quite clear, though some of the larger ones have several internal fractures. They cover most of 2 of the crystal's faces, and are accompanied by a layer of semicrystalline muscovite and a few random shards of albite, which act as a base rock.