Large Natural Ansirabe Candle Quartz Freestanding Cluster - 120mm, 800g
Locality - Ansirabe, Madagascar Size – 120 x 87 x 73mm Weight – 800g
This large natural candle quartz cluster features exquisite formation with a sharply terminated main point protruding from a large, snowy white matrix. The main point is maroon tinted across one side and is surrouned by shiny, cascading crystalline side growths. Beside it is an overgrowth of smaller, sparkling 'frosty' crystals coating now buried termination points. This cluster is able to proudly freestand as an attractive display specimen, though some of the small crystals at its base are fragile and it will need to be handled with care. These candle quartz crystals have unique cascading formations that resemble molten wax, hence its name, and are found in Ansirabe, Madagascar, where may beautiful quartz specimens are found.
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.