Quartz Ps. After Calcite Stalactites
Cabinet, 15.4 x 11.5 x 11.4 cm
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Ex. Richard Heck
This bizarre, sculptural piece just leaps out to the eye. It is sparkly and actually has a pretty orange-brown color to it, but the overall shape is what appeals most. Stalactites of calcite to 12 cm in length have been totally replaced, it seems, by sparkling, colorless, drusy quartz. The stalactitic fingers formed in roughly parallel growth. The piece is complete on the display face, though some terminations of stalactites to the sides and rear are broken off (certainly understandable in context). The parallel growth along with the quartz encrustation has given the specimen a rather unusual shape, as if it was blowing in the wind.