Quartz on Albite With Tourmaline
Marilac Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.6 x 5.7 cm
Ex. Richard Hauck
An unusual locality piece from this small tourmaline mine, featuring a 7-cm doubly-terminated quartz in a cluster of others, all perched dramatically on a knob of albite crystals. The quartz is GEM, clear and crisp, accented by a sparkling coating of minute secondary crystallization on top of some side faces. the overall effect is really striking. Sold to Hauck by Russ Behnke, for $500 in was a premium Brazilian piece then, and I think remains so!