Orange River Quartz Point Natural Specimen - 47mm, 43g
Locality - Orange River, South Africa Size – 47 x 39 x 25mm Weight – 43g
This natural Orange River quartz point is an excellent, large single crystal with a wide, sharp termination point and a sparkling self-healed base. It is gorgeously lustrous and glassy clear across its main display face and indented with a glistening etched effect on its back. There is a subtle, snowy white phantom within and scattered black hematoid flecks here and there. Quartz crystals from the Orange River region are highly regarded and sought after.
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.