Quartz (Skeletal Scepter)(Dt)
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm
Toi, near Wana, South Waziristan, FATA, Pakistan
Ex. Herb Obodda
A very fine "floater" of the so-called "mud Quartz" from an Alpine-type deposit in Pakistan. In Europe, these skeletal Quartz specimens are sometimes called "Fenster" (German word for window), due to the fact that the pyramidal and prism faces have a skeletal form that gives them the appearance of a window. The brownish colored "mud" inclusions are some kind of pocket clay that was frozen inside of the Quartz as it was crystallizing. Where there are no inclusions, the Quartz crystals are water-clear, and have sharp, glassy surfaces all the way around. The sceptered termination is about 3.7 cm. A very interesting doubly-terminated, scepter of this unusual material.