Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz), Albite
Cabinet, 13.5 x 7.3 x 6.4 cm
Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
This large smoky quartz crystal from Brazil could hold its own against anything from Switzerland or Russia. The luster is like GLASS, and internally, it not only clear, but absolutely gem-like in intensity, with deep smoky color that nevertheless lets light through easily even under modest light. The albite and muscovite around the bottom provide a pretty contrast for the crystal.