Smoky Quartz
Papachacra, Belen Dept., Catamarca, Argentina
Cabinet, 10.1 x 7.8 x 6.5 cm
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An original core of milky quartz was later overgrown by a dark, lustrous and translucent, intensely smoky quartz crystal measuring 9.5 cm in length. When backlit, the milky core becomes an otherworldly phantom. A nice color contrast to the smoky quartz is the associated beige colored feldspar matrix. The termination has a few, tiny, insignificant sub-mm bits of wear but I would call it "essentially pristine," and anyhow it is the largest really good smoky quartz point in this condition from this find, that I have yet obtained.