A Coveted Collectible! First, the fabulous interior. Inside you'll spy a few spidery inclusions, a bit of pretty iron-yellow Hematite within the base crystal, and what appears to be several diagonal Faden lines, also inside the base crystal (very cool). This and more is enclosed within a beautifully translucent-to-quite-transparent sea of very lightly-tinted Smoky Quartz. But it is the exterior formation that will absolutely knock your socks off!
You've noticed the flat crystals, right? Yes, they are Tabular Crystals, extra large and stacked on top of each other in a random, yet strikingly attractive arrangement of angular, brilliant Quartz. To technically qualify as a textbook Tabular (Tabby) crystal, it is said that its thickness must be no more than half the width. Obviously, these crystals qualify in spades!
A good case could also be made for IDing several crystals as Laser crystals, too, especially the show-stopping top crystal and one bottom crystal as well. There is no question, however, that the spunky little DT (double-terminated) crystal located topside and near one end is the real deal. All surfaces are blanketed in growth lines galore, with plenty of surface sparkle, too. Hailing from Minas Gerais, this awesome Smoky Quartz specimen is a treasured piece of history that you may never see duplicated, no matter where your travels take you. While I do not know the name of the actual mine where this gem lay hidden for centuries, I did meet the miner who uncovered this Brazilian beauty. And believe me, he didn't part with it easily! If you're serious about unique and rare mineral specimens, you won't want to miss this golden opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime work of natural Quartz art, straight from the miner to me to you! Rustic black metal stand included.
Dimensions: 14 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 6" tall, solo; 11"x 5" x 15 1/2" tall on stand
Weight: 5.0 lbs. solo; 7.0 lbs. on stand