Locality - Ansirabe, Madagascar
Size – 105 x 81 x 43mm
Weight – 415g
This large natural candle quartz cluster features icy clear crystals stained with lemon yellow limonite. The surface of the many tiny, cascading crystals sparkle with a glassy lustre when turned in strong lighting. One of the main termination points has a fracture, though this 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 Madagascar where many desirable quartz specimens are found. They have many alternate names including 'pineapple quartz', 'sugar quartz' and 'kundalini 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.