Quartz Scepter
Huanggangliang mine, Keshiketeng Qi, Chifeng city, Inner Mongolia, China
Cabinet, 10.5 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm
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A stark and dramatic example of quartz grown in several generations, with one layer overtopping the others to create this "scepter" effect. While I have seen a number of pieces from this mine which show this habit of quartz formation, few have been as dramatic as this one for symmetry, size balance, and color/luster. Also, a dark phantom of a previous generation of quartz can be seen inside, and there are some small calcite crystals in association. Complete all around.