Locality - Kwandbele, South Africa
Size – 75 x 44 x 31mm
Weight – 86g
This spirit quartz specimen features nice lemon yellow 'citrine' colouration throughout with icy white areas. It has a dazzling, druzy sparkle across its surface, two distinct termination points and unique botryoidal and 'folded' formation.
About Spirit Quartz
Spirit quartz - also known as 'fairy', 'cactus' and 'pineapple' quartz - is formed when a large quartz crystal is encrusted by a secondary overgrowth of smaller crystals, creating a beautiful sparkling druzy appearance, though the tips of the original larger crystal can usually be seen as they often remain uncovered. It is a very unique crystal formation that occurs exclusively in South Africa. Varieties include white, smoky, golden limonite or 'citrine', iridescent 'solar' and amethyst spirit quartz.
Quartz is the most common mineral found on the surface of the Earth, occurring in virtually every locality. Pure crystals are colourless, transparent and hard, though many are coloured by natural processes such as irradiation or by the presence of certain elements within them. These coloured varieties include the popular gemstones amethyst, purple quartz, and citrine, yellow quartz. Some quartz crystals have unique inclusions of minerals that have grown within them, such as golden rutile, tourmaline or chlorite, and others may show silvery reflective internal veils and bright rainbows. Whilst the majority of quartz is created from molten magma that has cooled and crystallized, much quartz also chemically precipitates from hot hydrothermal veins. Well-formed crystals deep within the Earth can reach colossal sizes, with some measuring several meters in length and weighing hundreds of kilograms. The largest documented single crystal of quartz was found near Itapore, Brazil, measuring 6.1 metres at its widest point and weighing in over 44,000 kilograms!