Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz), Epidote
Toll Mountain Lode Occurrence, Little Pipestone District, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA
Cabinet, 9.9 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm
An EXCEPTIONAL and UNIQUE Montana specimen from the Richard Hauck Quartz Collection. A highly glassy and lustrous, translucent, dark smoky quartz crystal has a dramatic, water-clear, termination, with a phantom of included, green chlorite. A spray of beautifully placed, jutting, olive-green epidote crystals is a striking accent. This is a stunning, complete all-around specimen that is very nearly pristine. More epidote sprays are hidden on the back with some feldspar. The minute edge wear on the termination is barely noticeable and is certainly not a detraction. From a very uncommon Montana locality.