Natural Ansirabe Candle Quartz Point - 119mm, 328g
Locality - Ansirabe, Madagascar Size – 119 x 58 x 48mm Weight – 328g
This natural candle quartz specimen is an excellent, chunky single crystal displaying intrictate, shiny cascading crystalline formations across its sides. It has maroon-tinted snowy white colouration throughout with minor brick red and chalky white iron overgrowth in areas. 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.