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5" Carved Pietersite Dinosaur Skull - Very Chatoyant
As if raptors weren't already mind-boggling awesome enough, we decided to add a whole other layer of intrigue and fantasy. This is a wild piece that is sure to excite any collector and is destined to be the envy of your social circle. What we have for you is an exquisitely-crafted, polished, 5" long raptor skull that's meticulously carved from an association of pietersite and quartz. The contrast of the golden and green pietersite with the quartz adds intense visual intrigue to the specimen. Additionally, as you rotate the specimen a flashy chatoyant quality is observable. The opportunity to own a replica dinosaur skull is now easier than you could have imagined, and you can do it in style. This skull is insanely snazzy and easily looks at home in both an Indiana Jones film and on your mantle. An overall fun piece for the casual enthusiast or anyone that enjoys really cool display pieces. A jaw-snapping good time!
Pietersite is a variety of chalcedony that contains amphibole mineral fibers that result in a chatoyant effect similar to tiger's eye. It is found in a variety of colors including blue, grey, brown-red, brown, orange and yellow. It is named after Sid Pieters, a mineral dealer from Namibia that documented the discovery of this variety of chalcedony.
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.