Sometimes Mother Nature provides us with amazing oddities. This specimen of talc after quartz is a prime example. Here, the softest mineral has replaced one of the hardest. The 2.0 cm tall, well formed, ivory colored, former quartz crystal rises vertically out of the matrix. This was probably collected in the 1800s or early 1900s, as most were. Most specimens I have seen are very jumbly - this piece appeals to me so much because you almost never see a nice single isolated crystal showing its full form, and the contrast here is striking. Rare and exotic anyhow, this specimen is actually AESTHETIC as well, which is something you do not see often for the find.