3.6" Quartz Crystal Cluster on Matrix - Namibia

This is a pristine mineral specimen, containing wonderfully formed quartz crystals with hematite flake inclusions, on a rocky matrix. Some of the quartz crystals became amethyst through the formation process, only adding to this specimens beauty.

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.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to natural irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. It’s considered a semi-precious gemstone, and just two centuries ago was considered to have a value on par with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The largest and best known amethyst deposits occur in southern Brazil and Uruguay but many localities around the world produce an amazing variety of amethyst crystals and formations.
Quartz & Hematite
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg Area, Namibia
3.6" long, 2.7" wide, 2.4" tall