Rose Quartz
Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 6.0 x 4.6 cm
Ex. University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Like the above specimen, also from the same collection, this piece features unusually robust, deeply colored rose quartz crystals in a 3-dimensional cluster, instead of the usual elegant, tiny crystals in parallel. With crystals to an inch, shooting out all over the matrix in all directions, this is a dramatic small cabinet sized display specimen with "character" and impact. Accenting the more robust crystals is a fan spray on one side of smaller, but glassy and gemmier rose quartz crystals. the small amount of albite matrix behind and under the crystals accents them nicely. No damage to the display face, although the side edges are contacted where it as presumably removed from matrix, on some edges. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays; and to provide specimens for the recent sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations in perpetuity. Joe Budd photos