Quartz, Montmorillonite
White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain (Heriart; Heriot; Hiriat Hill), Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm
The quartz crystals in this cluster, sharp and lustrous, contain inclusions of montmorillonite (Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminum Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide), giving them a creamy and very slightly pinkish tone. This is an old piece from the White Queen Mine. The crystals show a fine glassy luster. 5.9 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm