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Quartz, USA, Colorado to Montana

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Quartz, USA, Colorado to Montana
March 24, 2009 08:14PM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities? After each set of pictures there should be some descriptive text. If none appears it means that we need someone to tell us about the specimens from that locality and something about the geology of the occurrence.

QuartzUSAColorado, Chaffee Co., Mt Antero

Smoky Quartz, 9cm tall
Quartz, 3cm

No one goes to Mt. Antero to try and dig quartz crystals, they go looking for crystals of aquamarine. If you can't fine aquamarine crystals you are happy to find good Phenacite crystals, but if Quartz specimens are all you can find, well you will take those too. The locality had been prospected and dug on for more than 100 years. Probably the first notable success was Ed Over who was able to dig some good aquamarine crystals that if my memory serves me ended up at Harvard University. He camped down below timber line and each day hiked up a couple of thousand feet to his diggings. The locality is renown for its terrible electrical storms. More than one person told me that they have run down the mountain in fear of their life because of the lightning bolts striking around them. One old timer told me about the time he felt the hair on his head standing up and when he would lift his rock hammer into the air it would hum. This locality will likely never be a big producer.

QuartzUSAColorado, Chaffee Co., Turret District

Quartz, 4.5cm tall
Quartz & Epidote, 3cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Chaffee Co., Turret District, Calumet Mine (Calumet; Calumet No. 2; Hecla; Hecla No. 2; Calumet Iron Mine; Calumet-Hecla-Smithville Magnetite Deposit; Patented Placer Claims: Calumet; Hecla-Williamson; Smithville No. 2; CF&I Company Mine)

Quartz, 6.6cm wide
Quartz, 4.4cm tall

Quartz, 5cm tall
Quartz & minor Epidote, 10cm wide

Though perhaps better know for its specimens of uralite and epidote and garnet, this locality has produces a few decent quartz specimens.

QuartzUSAColorado, Douglas Co., Devils Head Pegmatite District

Quartz on Microcline, 5.7cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, El Paso Co., Crystal Park

Quartz on Microcline, 7cm tall
Quartz on Microcline, 4cm
Smoky Quartz, 5cm wide

Smoky Quartz, 6cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, El Paso Co., Pike's Peak

Smoky Quartz on Microcline, 9cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Lake Co., Leadville District, Leadville

Quartz, 11.5cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Larimer Co., Red Feather Lakes, Pennoyer Amethyst Mine (Rainbow lode claim)

Quartz scepter, 7.2mm tall
Quartz scepter, 4.5cm tall

Amethyst, 6.0cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Mesa Co., Fruita

Quartz v. chalcedony after Barite, 2.5cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Mesa Co., Mel Bersh Claims

Quartz v. amethyst on Fluorite, 7.4cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Mineral Co., Creede District, Amethyst Vein, Commodore Mine

Quartz & Sphalerite, 3.7cm tall
Quartz & Sphalerite, 3.7cm tall

Sphalerite & Quartz v. amethyst, 4.5cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., La Plata Mountain, Treasury Tunnel (Treasury Tunnel Mine)

Quartz & Chalcopyrite, 14cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Ouray District (Uncompahgre District), Ouray

Quartz, 8.9cm tall
Quartz, 9.5cm tall

Quartz, 7.4cm tall
Quartz, 7cm wide
Quartz after calcite, 16.1cm wide

Quartz, 5.9cm tall
Quartz, 5.8cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Ouray District (Uncompahgre District), Ouray, "Amphitheater" glacial cirque, Ohio Mine

Quartz, 12.1cm tall
Quartz on Fluorite, 9cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Ouray District (Uncompahgre District), Ouray, Bear Creek Canyon, Grizzly Bear Mine

Quartz ~15cm wide
Quartz, 3.7cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Red Mountain District, Idarado Mine

Quartz, 7.4cm tall
Quartz, 5.9cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Silver Point Mine

Quartz on Barite, 9.3cm tall
Quartz after ?, 8cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Ouray Co., Sneffels District (Mount Sneffels District), Ouray, Camp Bird Mine

Quartz, 16cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Park Co., Lake George (Badger Flats) Area

Smoky Quartz with Goethite after siderite, ~5cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, San Juan Co., Silverton District

Quartz, 7.9cm tall
Quartz, 9cm tall

Quartz, 5cm wide
Quartz on Rhodochrosite, 6cm wide

Quartz after Barite?, 2.5cm tall
Quartz, 4.6cm tall

Quartz, 6.5cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 5.5cm tall

Quartz & amethyst, 7.5cm wide

Usually collectors want specimens of Rhodochrosite from Silverton rather than quartz specimens, but when offered some of the good and interesting quartz crystals from there, they buy them.

QuartzUSAColorado, San Miguel Co., Ouray District (Uncompahgre District), Telluride, Idarado Mine

Quartz, 4cm wide
Quartz, 7cm wide

Quartz, 13cm
Quartz, 10cm wide

Quartz, 7.1cm wide

USAColorado, San Miguel Co., Telluride District, Telluride

Quartz, 10cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Crystal Peak area, Florissant, Crystal Creek

Quartz on Microcline, 5cm
Smoky Quartz 4cm

There are many pegmatites outcropping on both sides of Crystal Creak and in the Crystal peak region and all of them produce quartz crystals of one kind or another. Waling through the hills you can sometimes find quartz crystals laying on the surface of the ground along with pine needles. I found a nice crystal in just this way. The idea in prospecting this area is to find quartz crystals or fragments of quartz crystals in the soil and then track their source uphill till you find the pegmatite they weathered out of and then start digging. The goal is not to find fine smoky quartz crystals,which most of the quartz in this area is, but to find pockets of blue microcline crystals (amazonite) associated with smoky quartz crystals. But, if you can find only good quartz crystals, well you take those instead. Of course if you want to be cruel you scatter a few of them around for the next guy to find and make crazy dreaming of the fine pockets of crystals that they must have come from.

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller & Park Cos., Crystal Peak Area

Smoky Quartz on Microcline, v. amazonite, ~20cm wide

Smoky Quartz on Microcline v. Amethyst

Smoky Quartz on Amazonite ~20cm?
Smoky Quartz on Microcline, 4cm wide

Smoky Quartz, 10.9cm tall
Smoky Quartz & Albite, 5.6cm wide
Smoky Quartz, 4.4cm

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Crystal Peak area, Dreamtime Claim

Quartz, Amazonite & Goethite after Siderite, 6.8cm wide

Quartz, Fluorite & Microcline, 10.9cm tall
Smoky Quartz, 7.2cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Crystal Peak area, Smoky Hawk claim

Smoky Quartz on Amazonite, 13.5cm wide
Smoky Quartz on Amazonite, 11cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Cripple Creek District, Cripple Creek

Quartz v. amethyst 8.8cm tall
Amethyst on Quartz, 8.3cm tall

QuartzUSAColorado, eller Co., Cripple Creek District, Doorn Mine

Quartz v. amethyst ~2cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Cripple Creek District, Moffat Tunnel

Quartz/amethyst casts after ?, ~8cm wide

QuartzUSAColorado, Teller Co., Pikes Peak

Smoky Quartz, 5.6cm tall
Quartz &Microcline, 3.2cm
Amazonite, Quartz & Albite, 6.4cm

QuartzUSAColorado, Saguache Co., Crystal Hill District, La Garita, Crystal Hill Mine

Quartz v. amethyst, 3.2cm tall
Quartz v. amethyst, 2.8cm tall

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Hartford Co., Canton, Rattlesnake Mt., Canton Lead Mines

Quartz v. amethyst, 6.3cm wide

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Hartford Co., East Granby, Roncari quarry (Tilcon quarry)

Quartz on Calcite, ~6cm tall
Quartz, 5cm tall

Quartz on Datolite ~4cm wide
Quartz, ~4cm wide

The Roncari quarry is a trap rock quarry and periodically the encounter pockets containing fine daotlite, quartz, prehnite and calcite crystals. The quartz crystals are not particularly outstanding, but they are often prismatic unlike their drusy cousins from most of their New Jersey cousins from the Watchung traps. Not many localities produce prismatic quartz with daotlite and prehnite associations, and some of them can make for striking specimens. Many quarries produce good specimen, but unless there is someone there to collect therm, they are all run through the crusher.

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Hartford Co., New Britain

Quartz, 4cm wide
Quartz, 2.5cm wide

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Litchfield Co., Morris, Morris Dam quarry

Smoky Quartz ~8cm wide

Smoky Quartz, 8cm tall
Smoky Quartz, 12cm tall

Quartz on Microcline? 15cm wide

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Middlesex Co., Portland, Collins Hill, Strickland Quarry

Quartz on Albite, ~40cm wide

QuartzUSAConnecticut, New London Co., North Stonington, Lantern Hill Quarry (Silex Quarry)

Quartz, 13.8cm tall

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Tolland Co., Stafford, Diamond Ledge

Quartz, 11cm wide
Quartz xls. & casts after laumontite, 16cm

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Tolland Co., Willington, West Willington, Becker Quarry (Becker's Quarry)

Smoky Quartz, 4cm tall
Smoky Quartz, 3.5cm wide

Smoky Quartz, 7cm long

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Windham Co., Plainfield

Quartz, 6.5cm wide

QuartzUSAConnecticut, Windham Co., Plainfield, Moosup

Quartz, ~20cm wide

QuartzUSAFlorida, Hillsborough Co., Tampa, Tampa Bay

Quartz v. agatized coral, 11cm wide
UV image of specimen on left

Quartz v. agatized coral, 16cm wide
Quartz v. agatized coral, 16cm wide

Quartz v. agatized coral, ~8cm wide
Quartz v. agatized coral, 22cm tall
Quartz v. agatized coral, 10cm wide

Tampa Bay chalcedony pseudomorphs after mostly coral has been cherished for years by the rockhound community but somewhat less well received by mineral collectors, but some of it when cut and polished can make very attractive specimens.

QuartzUSAHawaii, Maui Co., Maui, Olowalu Valley

Pity the poor field collectors on Hawaii. There cupboard is particularly barren compared to their cousins on the mainland. Even Nebraska has more interesting minerals to find. But once in a while you can find the odd quartz and calcite specimens. The one pictured here must the the grand champion.

QuartzUSAGeorgia, Burke Co., Girard District, Girard

Quartz after snail, 3.5mm

QuartzUSAGeorgia, Elbert Co., Coldwater Creek

Quartz v. amethyst, 4cm tall
Quartz v. amethyst, 5.3cm wide

QuartzUSAGeorgia, Towns Co., Charlies Creek (Charles Creek)

Quartz v. amethyst, 3.4cm tall

QuartzUSAGeorgia, Wilkes Co., Jacksons Crossroads

Amethyst on Quartz ~20cm
Quartz v. amethyst, 6.9cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, 15.6cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, 6.7cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 4.9cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, 9.1cm tall
Quartz v. amethyst, 5.5cm tall

This amethyst locality has been known for almost 100 years. It has produced some surprisingly good amethyst specimens and recently one that that was truly astounding. It is pictured above, the first one on the left. A dark purple cluster of amethyst crystals sitting on small snowy white quartz crystals. Even being familiar with the fabulous amethyst specimens from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and the Artigas region of Uruguay, this one stopped me in my tracks and made me stare. Now all they need to do is find a few hundred more of them so the price will come down enough so I can afford to buy one.

QuartzUSAIdaho, Boise Co., Sawtooth Batholith/Sawtooth Mts

Smoky Quartz & Albite, 2.4cm wide

QuartzUSAIdaho, Boise Co., Sawtooth Batholith/Sawtooth Mts, Benedict Creek area (Devil's Den)

Quartz, 8.3cm tall
Smoky Quartz, Microcline, Topaz, 8cm wide

QuartzUSAIdaho, Boise Co., Sawtooth Batholith/Sawtooth Mts, Oreamnos Lake

Smoky Quartz on Albite, 14.2cm wide

QuartzUSAIdaho, Elmore Co., Sawtooth Batholith/Sawtooth Mts

Smoky Quartz, 4.8cm tall

QuartzUSAIdaho, Custer Co. Challis

Quartz after Apophyllite, 21cm tall
Quartz after Apophyllite, 13cm center

QuartzUSAIdaho, Custer Co., Sawtooth Batholith/Sawtooth Mts., Upper Cramer Lake

Smoky Quartz on Albite, 15.8cm wide

QuartzUSAIdaho, Owyhee Co., Bruneau Jasper (Bruneau Canyon 1-5; Bruneau Group Jasper)

Quartz v.Bruneau jasper, 13cm wide

QuartzUSAIdaho, Washington Co., Beacon Hill

Quartz v. C&P agate, 6.1cm
Quartz v. C& P agate, 7.8cm

C&P agate, 3.1cm
Quartz v. C&P agate, 8.9cm wide

QuartzUSAIllinois, Hardin Co., Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Cave-In-Rock Sub-District, Ozark-Mahoning Group, Deardorff Mine

Quartz & minor Fluorite/Sphalerite, 13cm wide

Mostly know for its fine fluorite specimens, once in a while the Deardorff Mine would produce surprisingly attractive quartz specimens.

QuartzUSAIowa, Lee Co., Keokuk

Quartz geode, 25cm wide
Quartz geodes, ~12cm wide

These quartz geodes have been known for more than 100 years and the fields and stream banks that have produced them have been the happy hunting rounds for rockhound for generations. One one quite knows what to do with them. They are good for gardens and door stops. Collectors will generally not put them in their collections. They have even been used as back drops for little mining tableau's with tiny pewter miners working in their crystalline depths.


Quartz v. petrified wood, 15cm tall
Quartz v. petrified wood, 20cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Androscoggin Co., Auburn, Mt. Apatite District, Greenlaw Quarry

Smoky Quartz, 13.4cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Androscoggin Co., Auburn, Mt. Apatite District, Turner Quarries

Smoky Quartz, 6.3cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co. Albany, Bumpus Quarry

Rose Quartz, 5cm wide
Quartz 3.2cm

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Brownfield, Rotten Rock Pit

Smoky Quartz, 3.3cm tall
Smoky Quartz, 3.3cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Buckfield, Bennett Quarry

Smoky Quartz, 16cm tall
Quartz, 12.2cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Gilead, The Slide

Quartz, ~19cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Grafton, Morse Brook locality

Quartz, 14cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Greenwood

Quartz, 9.9cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co. Greenwood, Noyes Mountain Quarry (Harvard Quarry)

Quartz, 10.5cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Newry, Dunton Gem Quarry

Rose Quartz, 2.7cm wide?

For many yeas, A few localities in Maine were the only ones known that produced actual crystals of rose quartz. Then specimens from Brazil came on line and blew them away. But the specimens pictures below are champions and I was never able to get one that good for my collection.

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Newry, Nevel Quarry (Twin Tunnels; United Feldspar Quarry)

Rose Quartz, 3.7cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Newry, Plumbago Mt. Graphite Mine

Rose Quartz, 6.9cm wide
Rose Quartz, FOV ~3cm

QuartzUSAMiane, Oxford Co. Newry, Rose Quartz Crystal Locality (Pegmatite 24)

Rose Quartz & Eosphorite, 4cm
Rose Quartz, 1.5cm tall

Rose Quartz, 2.1cm tall
Rose Quartz, 2.6cm wide

Quartz v. rose, 4cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Paris, Mt. Marie Quarries

Smoky Quartz, 5.4cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Paris, Mt. Mica Quarry

Quartz, 7cm tall
Quartz scepter, 26cm tall

Quartz, 2.5cm tall
Quartz & Elbaite, 26cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Stow, Colton Hill Quarry

Quartz, 4.5cm tall
Amethyst scepter, 3.2cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Stow, Deer Hill District, Deer Hill Locality

Quartz v. amethyst, 5.3cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 13.5cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, ~11cm tall
Quartz v. amethyst, 12cm tall??

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Stow, Deer Hill District, Eastman Quarry

Quartz v. amethyst, 18cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Stow, Deer Hill District, Intergalactic Pit

Quartz v. amethyst, 18cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 9cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Sweden, Camp Encore amethyst locality

Quartz v. amethyst, 18.6cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., Sweden, Saltman Amethyst locality

Quartz v. amethyst, 6cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 12.5cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, 8.8cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 5.5cm tall

QuartzUSAMaine, Oxford Co., West Paris, A.C. Perham Quarry

Quartz, 4cm wide

Quartz, 2.5cm

QuartzUSAMaine, Sagadahoc Co., Topsham, Trenton Quarry (Trenton Flint and Spar Quarry)

Quartz, 2.6cm wide

QuartzUSAMaine, Sagadahoc Co., Topsham, Russo Quarry

Quartz 6.1cm tall

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Hampshire Co., Pelham, Amethyst locality

Quartz v. amethyst, 3cm tall
Quartz v. amethyst, 2.6cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Norfolk Co., Bellingham, Rose Street amethyst locality

Quartz v. amethyst, 3.8cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Norfolk Co., Stoughton, Simeone Quarry

Amethyst, 3.2cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Norfolk Co., Wrentham, Aggregate Industries Quarry (Simeone Quarry)

Amethyst & Dolomite, ~3.5cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 5.7cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Worcester Co., Southborough

Quartz & amethyst, 8cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Worcester Co., Lunenburg, Keating Quarry

Micro Calcite xls on Quartz, 4cm wide
Micro iron stained calcite on Quartz, 3cm

Smoky Quartz, 2cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Worcester Co., Southborough, Kidder Lane locality

Quartz with amethyst, 9cm wide
Quartz v. amethyst, 2cm wide

Quartz v. amethyst, 8cm wide

QuartzUSAMassachusetts, Worcester Co., Southborough, Woodland Road "Ridge Road" construction site

Amethyst, 3.2cm wide
Amethyst, 3.5cm wide

QuartzUSAMichigan, Keweenaw Peninsula, Lake Superior

Quartz v. agate, 8.5cm tall
Quartz v. agate, 4.5cm wide
Quartz v. agate, 4cm wide

For many generations rockhounds have searched the gravel pits and the beaches near the great lakes for the occasional fine banded agates that they sometimes found. Here are some fine examples of what great Lake Superior agates look like. Where they come from no one knows. Ask the glaciers.

QuartzUSAMontana, Beaverhead Co., Elkhorn Hot Springs area, Crystal Park

Amethyst scepter, 2.4cm
Quartz scepter 3.4cm tall

Quartz, v. amethyst scepter, 4.1cm

QuartzUSAMontana, Jefferson Co., Boulder Batholith, Delmoe Lake area

Quartz var. amethyst, 12cm wide

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 53 time(s). Last edit at 04/26/2013 04:16PM by Rock Currier.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 01:56AM
Crystal Tips No. 1 pit, Petersen Mountain, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA
Crystal Tips No. 2 pit, Petersen Mountain (Hallelujah Junction), Lassen Co., California, USA

Is this not Peterson Mountain? That's what the map and the rockhounding guides say.
And is the second pit really on the Californian side of the mountain?
Last time I was there (April 2008), there was a small claim on the slope on the Californian side, but no pit.
Opening a mine is said to be a lot easier in Nevada, and F.H. is from Reno.

This is some light-colored gray granitoid (quartz monzonite?) rock that has suffered a lot of tectonic stress as it is situated on a fracture zone/fault. The often angular pockets seem to be oriented randomly in the rock, sometimes where smaller quartz veins meet. No indication of alpine-type fissure development, miarole pockets don't fit either. Some of the pockets are associated with mica-filled veins.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 02:41AM
All good comments and who ever writes the article will need to address those issues.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 03:53AM
hi Rock..u may want to add this smokey quartz from Rhode joe
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 08:51AM
Joe, thanks for the image. That is a pretty ugly looking quartz, but if nothing more eye appealing shows up it may get used in the article.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 09:36AM
Are you going to have a separate thread for the cryptocrystalline varieties? Lake Superior, Fairburn, Texas plume, Oregon, California, New Mexico, etc agates.

Might also want Scott Rose quartz in South Dakota. no xls, but good color.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 25, 2009 10:36AM
I have been thinking a lot about this a lot and though I want to talk about it some more with The Frazers of San Francisco who probably know more about quartz and quartz family things than anyone I know, My feeling is that all the crypto stuff should go in along with all the crystalline varieties in what ever country they are in, and even include cut and polished specimens (even cut gem stones) or items that show the material to good effect (malachite bathtubs). I think that we can put tags with those entries that will eventually allow search algorithms to pull them out and show them. If someone wants to see agates from Mexico, the search algorithms will prepare on demand a Agates of Mexico "book" for the user. The same would go for Japan Law twins, Pseudomorphs and almost any other category of stuff you can think of. I think this will add appeal to the user who may not be mineralogical oriented like we are. I also think we should not get stuck only on crystal stuff. It is a big world out there and I think we should claim any solid stuff as our domain regardless of size or amorphous tendencies. I think our original sin was allowing chemist to go of and form their one science. I have been thinking of creating a thread for man made minerals. I think we can even put in images of mineral fakes.appropriately labeled, these would be very instructive for new collectors.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 26, 2009 11:48PM
A rather provocative suggestion. ;)
There isn't even an entry on mindat for this "quartz locality" of utmost cultural importance.

avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 27, 2009 02:17AM
Amir, I think that such thing should definitely have a place here on best minerals, but if we are to incorporate a flint, obsidian, chert locality like this, I would like it to be a definitely identified locality for the rough stone and rather than show just chips laying on the ground, I would like to show the artifacts that were actually made from the material found there. Locality pictures could be included as well.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 27, 2009 03:30PM
When you have a photo for a locality that is not in mindat (please check that it isn't in the database first), please add it and then add the photo.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
March 27, 2009 07:28PM
Yes, I would have added a locality, but haven't yet figured out how to do that and was too impatient.

Getting artefacts of Alibates flint is only possible if you do not want the antique or pre-historic stuff.
One of the N.M. staff told me that a flintknapper at Fritch near Lake Meredith is selling artefacts made of flint outside the N.M. area.

I have only taken this kind of picture because this is a National Monument and you wouldn't take anything from it.
BTW, the chips were lying on the ground as shown, no special arrangement needed. The ground is not littered with flint, but if you look around for some time, you will find some.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
April 13, 2009 07:04AM
There are some good examples of material from Walker Valley and other Washington quartz localities in the Burke Museum, Seattle, WA. I will see if I can get some pictures next time I go there (which might be a while).
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
April 14, 2009 10:31PM
Washington State and Montana are blessed with numerous excellent quartz crystal localities. Your list only scratches the surface. For Washington you should definately add Mount Tenariffe in King County for its spectacular Japan Law twins and the gemmy smoky quartz crystals from Washington Pass, Golden Horn Batholith, that often contain inclusions of zircon and arfedsonite crystals. In Montana, the black lustrous quartz crystals from Granite Ridge near Lolo Hot Springs are renown. Also for Montana, I would like to see the Snowbird Mine added. There, over the years, I have collected spectacular smoky quartz crystals reminiscent of Alpine gemmy xls. in color, large "pseudo-cubic" xls. with rhombohedral faces predominating, and thin flat xls. resembling potatoe chips to large flat crystal plates. Serious field collectors in the Northwest have superb specimens from these and other localities. It would be worthwhile to view some of these collections and photograph the top specimens for the article.
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
April 15, 2009 12:36AM
Raymond, You are right of course. I hope someday to interest Lew Landers in doing the Washington Quartz thing. Have you ever seen his collection?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
April 16, 2009 06:26PM
Good morning:
Yes, I have seen some of Lew's quartz specimens. He probably has the best from each one of the Cascade Mtns localities. Lew also has numerous specimens that are in boxes and have not been cleaned. A collection that is well curated is by my friend John Lindell- it is worth seeing. Have a great weekend.
Ray L.
P.S. A typo in my previous note- the locality is spelled Teneriffe.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
July 09, 2009 02:12AM
I spent thirty Years collecting in Washington and can safley tell you that the bald hornet claim has no smokey quartz. That speciemen apears to be homstake or lolo Pass Montana. Possible Washington pass.The bald hornet claim in King county is known for its toumalime inclusions and rare japanese law twins. Been there dozenzs of time's.
That deny creek raspberry scepter is to die for, really, I almost lost my life in prospectors gulch and didn't do to much better. It is a sheer rock gulch with snow pack at the top and rain's rocks. My hard hat would not have stoped the melon size rock that flew seveal inches from my head.
I have a huge walker valley collection and will try to get some photos of my museum piece's to you when I get my collection out of storage. Nearly broke the leaf springs on my ltd station wagon after one good week. Persistence pays off. The area is dug out now.
After thirty years I have an extensive collection of Washington and Montana pieces. I also have some fist size herkamers I traded spruce ridge pyrite cubes for they look nothing like diemond point double termanated's.
I love seeing the photos of Arizonia specimens I just moved down and thought I was doomed to digging gold the rest of my life. I would like to do a lot of both. I worked a day in my life went to school twice and spent the rest prospecting.Thank You!
avatar Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
July 17, 2009 02:39AM
Dowser, I don't know who you are, but you say all the right things to make me think you have done and collected all the stuff you say you have. I am sure you have stuff that if you can get some good pictures of them we would love to have them here in the Best Minerals, USA article. I have only collected a little bit in Kings county but know what you say of the seep terrane and falling rocks is only too true. I have just finished scanning, photoshopping all my quartz images from the USA and will shortly upload them to mindat. When that is done I will start writing the quartz USA article and would be glad of any help I can get. It will be a big job at best.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
July 23, 2009 10:33AM
O.K rock currier, the walker Vally need's to be shared as it is dug out. Large geodes basket ball sized, some purple,slightly smoky, lot's of gothite inclusions and sider-rite on the surface with some calcite blades. Lolo pass smokey's, 5" by 6". Beaver head county Montana scepters Oh Boy! Murray- Prichard Idaho nuggets and Much more it will take a Couple months to Photo and give details for our children. Some areas are striped or closed but things change.More photos from green ridge and spruce ridge king county. Hansen creek and more get ready for photos of winning rock show specimens personally collected that only a dowser can find, that really pssed off my friend's, I called it sit and find. I opened up a 10 by 20 foot Vug on green ridge only to have Blow job- Bob J. Lease it out to bad people that got us kicked out of the wilderness. They left trash from the ridge to the lake. I am glad there are Good people like Bart C. My suicide boulder will be included in photos it is 3 foot by 2 foot with 4 to 6' crystals. Pack was full of rocks had to hand carry it down 3000 feet on 45 degree deer trail from the ridge. One slip and I would not be sharing info, hence the name suicide boulder. The Dowser.
PS.Where do you want the photos and info for your work.
Re: Quartz, United States of America USA
July 28, 2009 09:06AM
Ho,Ho,Ho. I sat on a pocket of crystal park montana scepters in the 80's just like that little baby. And Then I dug them up. Over sixty perfect little buggers and about forty with flaws. I got one plate with a perfect nice little ten smokeys and one purple scepter.Now I need to go to storege and send photos. A secret just between me, you and our kids, over the hill and through the dale is a better spot witch I will take to my grave, or untill the next dowser finds it, But I will share a photo, 4" x 3" head with thumb sized shaft. Oh I got chunks but the shaft makes the scepter. I cant give up that spot it is just perfect the way it is, all by it's self. One hint it is by a famous trail. L&C. The Dowser.
avatar Re: Quartz, USA, Alabama to Montana
July 31, 2009 11:38AM
I will shortly be starting work on the section of the Best Minerals, Quartz, USA section that will contain the Washington and Oregon quartzes. I am now working on the section of the quartz article that has Montana and Idaho. If you upload any images to Mindat, .let me know so I can consider them for inclusion.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

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