8.3" Tangerine Quartz Crystal Cluster - Madagascar

 
This is a beautiful cluster of "tangerine" quartz crystals, from Madagascar. The longest crystal is 4" long.

One of the crystals has some glue at its base to assist with stabilization.

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
8.3 x 4.8", Longest crystal is 4"
ITEM
#112807