- Rose Quartz (scepter) on Quartz
- Mount Mica Quarry, Paris, Oxford Co., Maine, USA
- Thumbnail, 2.8 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm
- Ex. Jim Mann; Rich Olsen; James (Jim) Houran; Kyle Kevorkian
Rose Quartz is often relegated to the family of "secondary" quartz species among thumbnail collectors because so few actually stand out from the crowd. They tend to form as aggregates of small crystals, or shapeless masses in thumbnail size. This specimen, however, has aesthetics and rarity of location going for it, as it is from the old USA locale where rose quartz was first described! Few specimens exist from the old finds, but they can be, in this size, some of the best crystals of the species gram for gram, such as this unique scepter we have here. This is from the famed best-of USA-specific thumbnail collection of Jim Houran, sold in entirety to Kyle Kevorkian some years ago. It has not otherwise been on the market. It is an exquisite, complete, competition-quality specimen that is complete all around - and significant with a capital S for the location. Historical Notes from mindat.org help put this in context: "The first Rose Quartz crystals known in the world were found at Mount Mica Quarry about 1913-1915. The second locality for genuine rose quartz crystals in the world, the Dunton Gem Quarry, Newry, produced its first crystals in 1927. A third world locality was discovered in 1942, at the Rose Quartz Crystal locality, by George Crooker. Rose Quartz crystals were found at the Nevel Quarry, Newry, and in the Red Hill Quarry Group, Rumford, Maine in 1949. Rose Quartz crystals were not known in Brazil until 1958."