3.1" Quartz Crystal Cluster with Epidote Inclusions - China

This is a beautiful, 3.1" wide quartz crystal cluster containing green epidote inclusions scattered throughout the crystals. Epidote aggregates can also be found perched atop some of the quartz crystals. It comes from the Hongxizhen unnamed mining area in the Sichuan Province of China. The base of this specimen has been cut flat for presentation purposes

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.

Quartz & Epidote
Hongxizhen Unnamed Mining Area, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi, Sichuan, China
3.1" wide