Quartz, Montmorillonite
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm
White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain (Heriart; Heriot; Hiriat Hill), Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
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