3.6" Anatase Crystals on Quartz with Chlorite Inclusions/Phantoms

This beautiful specimen contains countless small anatase crystals on a quartz crystal cluster. Many of the quartz crystals have chlorite inclusions, with the largest crystal featuring an ethereal chlorite phantom within! The unique mixture of pristine quartz terminations, chlorite inclusions/phantoms and anatase crystals, makes this specimen truly wonderful.

This gorgeous mineral association was collected from the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Anatase is a mineral composed of titanium dioxide that typically forms dipyramidal crystals, although variations can occur with mineral clumping. Four-pointed, X-shaped anatase crystals, while rare, have been found and are known as "X-shaped penetration twins". Horizontal striations can be seen across most anatase mineral faces and most crystals end in points, or with variations of flattening on each end. It can be found in a variety of colors, from browns and reds to greens and pinks, and can be colorless in very rare cases. However, it is most commonly black or other very dark colors due to impurities.
Anatase, Chlorite & Quartz
Dhara, Bhuntar, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India
3.6 x 2.55"