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Quartz, Greece

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Quartz, Greece
March 24, 2009 07:11PM
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Quartz
SiO2 trigonal

Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Greece 16.1cm© Mario Pauwels



This specimen is absolutely genuine, absolutely unique, and have an interesting story behind them. While there have been other (limited) finds of Prase xls with amethystine tips at Serifos Island, these were always slender and smaller, nothing to do with these very large, robust xls with two distinct and sharply divided stages of growth. To me, these are the ultimate specimens from Serifos.

The find that produced Mario's specimen probably consists of less than 10 single xls that were found in the early 1990's by the former Lavrion miner and later collectror/dealer Christos Kapellas (after whom the mineral Kapellasite was recently named), who was on a trip on Serifos on the hunt for Prase specimens. The specimens were all collected within the night after the pocket was discovered, because specimen mining on public land (or private land, of course) is formally prohibited on Serifos.

However a third party, with good connections with the authorities of the small island, was informed of Kapellas's activities and notified the police and port authorities, who stopped Kapellas at the port and confiscated the specimens. Then these unique xls "somehow" ended up in the hands of that third party, who sold them immediately to foreign collectors. Kapellas was only able get this one for his collection which was probably the best specimen found that day. It remained in his collection until his death in 2004. He had another lesser specimen that was later sold.

Here are some url's to some of the better quartz specimens here on mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in mosc cases are just for temporairy use untill we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be relly good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.
[Lefteris Rantos 2010]



Quartz
Greese
Serifos Island (Seriphos), Cyclade Islands (Cyclades; Kikladhes; Nomos Kikladhon), Kykládes Prefecture, Aegean Islands (Aiyaíon) Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Avissalos (Avyssalos; Avessalos), Serifos Island (Seriphos), Cyclade Islands (Cyclades; Kikladhes; Nomos Kikladhon), Kykládes Prefecture, Aegean Islands (Aiyaíon) Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Mega Horio, Serifos Island (Seriphos), Cyclade Islands (Cyclades; Kikladhes; Nomos Kikladhon), Kykládes Prefecture, Aegean Islands (Aiyaíon) Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Hilarion Mine (Hilarion adit; Kamareza Mine No. 50), Kamareza Mines, Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamareza; Kamariza), Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Madem-Lakko Mine (Madem-Lakkos Mine; Madem Laccos Mine), Stratoni operations, Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
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Dasoto, Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Kresti Hill, Kato Vrontou, Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Kimmeria, Xánthi Prefecture, Thraki (Thrace; Thracia) Department, Greece
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Quartz
Greese
Lefkopetra, Xánthi Prefecture, Thraki (Thrace; Thracia) Department, Greece
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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 10 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2012 07:56PM by Rock Currier.
Re: Quartz, Greece
March 24, 2009 11:59PM
Kimmeria, Xánthi Prefecture, Thraki (Thrace; Thracia) Department, Greece

These crystals come from pockets in a tough but spongy rock mostly made of intergrown needle-like quartz crystals, limonitized pyrite and clay.
The rock is associated with a skarn zone (epidote, wollastonite, garnet, pyrite, limonite are found).
I'm not sure if the greenish inclusions are epidote, although one can find nice epidote and quartz aggregates 100 meters uphill. To me they look more like chlorite inclusions (I got a few specimen and have been at that locality).


Madem-Lakko Mine (Madem-Lakkos Mine; Madem Laccos Mine), Stratoni operations, Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece

Anastasios Tsinidis kindly gave me one of those crystals to photograph them. The 1st and 3rd picture shows crystals with a very similar morphology, so I guess they can regarded as typical examples. The crystals are interesting because they are made of a first generation crystal that is still visible as a faint phantom and an outer layer that forms a very slim scepter with peculiar growth patterns at the base of the crystal, or in the case of the 1st crystal in the center of the prism. (have not been at the locality)

Kresti Hill, Kato Vrontou, Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
These are all small but very interesting specimen, all form a skarn zones, as Tasos writes.
I got a nice replacement for the 3rd photo that shows a specimen Tasos lent me and that I will upload.
(have been there)

Kato Nevrokopi basin, Dráma Prefecture, Macedonia Department, Greece
Alpine-type fissures in a light-colored, gneiss, often associated with large milky quartz veins. The scepters (including those that are attached to the prism) sit on smoky or colorless Tessin habit crystals (sometimes large fragments) whose prisms have a greasy look. The amethyst scepters are very interesting because they show an extreme lamination, giving them an onion-like look (the 1st image gives you an idea of that). Most of them are small, it's hard to find amethyst specimen larger than 2 cm, but they are very cute. (have been there)


Serifos Island (Seriphos), Cyclade Islands (Cyclades; Kikladhes; Nomos Kikladhon), Kykládes Prefecture, Aegean Islands (Aiyaíon) Department, Greece

The Serifos locality lies in a skarn zone, like all prasem localities I know.
The hedenbergite story... hm as far as I know each time it is checked, people find actinolite :D
(I have not been there)
avatar Re: Quartz, Greece
March 25, 2009 12:55AM
Amir, thats all good information about Greek quartz and I am sure that most of it will be incorporated into the article. We will probably want to ask you some more questions to clarify some points.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Quartz, Greece
March 25, 2009 01:23AM
The replacement:
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my first image on mindat B)-
avatar Re: Quartz, Greece
March 25, 2009 01:27AM
Amir,
A really fine photograph of an interesting quartz. Remember if undertake to write an article you will get to pick the pictures.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Quartz, Greece
June 30, 2010 04:44PM
    
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Sceptered Prase/Amethystine quartz xls from Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Greece:

These Prase/Amethyst specimens are genuine (they look almost like they have been faked!), absolutely unique, and have an interesting story behind them.

While there have been other (limited) finds of Prase xls with amethystine tips at Serifos Island, these were always slender and smaller, nothing to do with these very large, robust sceptre xls with two distinct and sharply divided stages of growth. To me, these are the ultimate specimens from Serifos!

The find that produced Mario's specimen probably consists of less than 10 single xls that were found in the early 1990's by the former Lavrion miner and later collectror/dealer Christos Kapellas (after whom the mineral Kapellasite was recently named), who was on a trip on Serifos on the hunt for Prase specimens. The specimens were all collected within the night after the pocket was discovered, because specimen mining on public land (or private land, of course) is formally prohibited on Serifos.

However a third party, with good connections with the authorities of the small island, was informed of Kapellas's activities and notified the police and port authorities, who stopped Kapellas at the port and confiscated the specimens. Then these unique xls "somehow" ended up in the hands of that third party, who sold them immediately to foreign collectors.

Kapellas was only able to hide two of these specimens in his clothes. One of them was probably the best crystal of the find that remained in his collection until his death in 2004. The other was a much lesser specimen that was later sold. And I have to say that Mario's specimen is MUCH closer to the best of the find!

Lefteris.
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