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1.2" Quartz Crystal Cluster Heart - Uruguay
This is a small, 1.2" wide quartz heart from the amethyst mines near Artigas, Uruguay. It was mined from within a pocket in the basalt. The orange color of the quartz can likely be attributed to iron oxidation. It has been cut into the shape of a heart and would make an excellent gift and/or jewelry piece.
Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.