Locality - Ansirabe, Madagascar Size – 136 x 120 x 95mm Weight – 1295g
This large natural candle quartz cluster is an exceptional specimen boasting excellent form and composition. There are five bold, splayed main termination points, two of them displaying forked 'twin' tips, and several smaller ones surrounding them, totalling twelve visible points. The central form of the crystal is snowy white, though its lustrous surfaces are stained with maroon tints and its termintaion points are glassy clear, showing cloudy white phantoms within. Larger crystal stems are coated in shiny, cascading crystalline growths. This spectacular cluster freestands proudly in an attractive 'floater' formation and is perfectly suited for natural decor or as an impressive crystal collection centrepiece. 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.