10.6" Tangerine Quartz Crystal Cluster - Madagascar

 
 
This is a large, natural cluster of "tangerine" quartz crystals on granite matrix. The dimensions of the piece are 10.6x7.8" with the longest quartz crystal measuring in at 5.5". Nicely defined points on most of the crystals, with a spray of very large crystals coming off of one corner.

These clusters are natural and not heat treated or coated. The orange color is due to a combination of Iron, Hematite and Manganese coating the surface of the crystals but may also be present as inclusions within the crystals themselves. A likely cause is a high iron content in the soil where these crystals are found.

Lower quality material often with lots of surface damage is present on the market from Brazil, but this is some of the first high quality, natural specimens I've seen from Madagascar.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Quartz
LOCATION
Madagascar
SIZE
10.6" wide, 7.8" deep 7" tall, Longest crystal 5.5"
ITEM
#41797