Locality - Ansirabe, Madagascar Size – 70 x 41 x 36mm Weight – 104g
This chunky natural candle quartz specimen displays good, glassy lustre with shiny cascading side crystalline growth and snowy white colour throughout. There is a chip at its tip, though this is highly typical of specimens from the region and does not detract from its overall aesthetics. These candle quartz crystals have unique cascading formations that resemble molten wax, hence its name, and are found in Ansirabe, Madagascar, where many desirable 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.