- Quartz Var. Amethyst and Smoky
- Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 6.6 x 4.2 cm
- Miask, Siberia, Russia
- Ex. Richard Hauck; William Vaux; George Vaux
A sharp smoky quartz crystal with amethyst highlights from an antique old Russian locale, from the important collections of both William S. Vaux and his relation George Vaux (note the initials WSV at the bottom of his handwritten label, indicating its inheritance!). This specimen rises from a slender shard of matrix covered by small quartzes, and is very aesthetic in person! The label is in the hand of George Vaux, whose collection went to the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, though this specimen was exchanged out long before the recent sale of that collection. It is MUCH better in person.