3.7" Sunset Phantom Quartz Crystal - India

This is a stunning sunset phantom quartz crystal collected from the Andhra Parish Mines in Tamil Nadu, India. This crystal has hematite phantoms that gives it a nice, purple-red colored point within a glassy quartz point. This phenomena is often called a sunset phantom, an allusion to the purple coloring in contrast with the orange staining of the crystal base, which is attributed to iron oxides.

Quartz is the name given to silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich environments--usually igneous rocks or hydrothermal environments like geothermal waters--at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. In either case, crystals will precipitate as temperatures cool, just as ice gradually forms when water freezes. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountain formation: these veins can be hundreds of millions of years old.
Quartz & Hematite Inclusions
Karur District, Tamil Nadu, India
3.7 x 2.2"