Microcline (Var: Amazonite), Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 7.9 x 7.7 cm
Florissant (Topaz Butte), Crystal Peak area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
This relatively large specimen of the classic Colorado combo is notable for many reasons. First, the amazonite is an INTENSE deep robins-egg blue. It is also beautiful how the crystal is tucked back behind the smoky. And, the smoky itself has a very unusual, multi-peaked, architectural structure that gives the specimen wonderful form. These continue to be greatly prized by collectors. This specimen (as many of these do) has repairs (3 of them, the label says). If you have seen these pockets before, they generally look like a jumble of amazonites and smokies in mud that have to be "reassembled" by matching and fitting the crystals together. The repairs are virtually undetectable on this specimen. 8.4 x 7.9 x 7.7cm