5.8" Tangerine Quartz Crystal Cluster - Double Terminations!

 
This is a very interesting, high quality cluster of large "tangerine" quartz crystals from Madagascar. What makes this piece so interesting is that it must have broken off from the side of the vug and crystals also grey on the bottom of the plate, causing many large double terminated crystals. The entire piece is 5.8x4.1 inches and the longest double terminated crystal is 2.3 inches long.

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
5.8x4.1", Longest crystal 2.3"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#36200