8.5" Polished Quartz Bowl - Madagascar
This is an 8.5" wide, polished quartz bowl from Madagascar. The specimen has been polished into a large bowl, after being cut from a bigger chunk of quartz. The faint orange coloring is due to iron-oxide inclusions. This specimen makes an excellent display and serves many practical purposes.
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.