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Identity HelpQuartz(?) with black needle inclusions -

9th Oct 2019 04:05 UTCJules82

I found this near Bathurst in NSW, Australia. Looking online I think it may be what seems to be called a healed quartz? Is this correct? I’m not interested in any supposed healing qualities etc. is there a scientifically c name? It’s so beautiful and sparkly I just haven’t seen a quartz like it before. It’s sitting on a quartz base and has flecks of gold throughout. It also has tiny black inclusions that look like single iron filings or needles embedded into it - spidery in parts too. I’m very much an amateur and have no idea. Thankyou!

9th Oct 2019 17:41 UTCKevin Hean

Could you do a hardness test and perhaps get the SG,
 A better photograph of the terminations would also help, The striations  seem odd for Quartz

11th Oct 2019 13:22 UTCJules82

Thanks for replying. I will do a hardness test. What is the SG? Specific gravity? I have no instruments or anything - is there a way to test it further with things I might have at home? I’m very new to all this. 

I’ll try to get a clearer photo in natural light too. 

Thanks again! 

9th Oct 2019 18:05 UTCIan Nicastro

Looks like smoky quartz to me, and it looks like there may have been some healing of terminations that were damaged during pocket formation, this is fairly common in quartz pockets... but it may also just be the result of growth conditions causing extra crystal faces. We won't be able to ID the black minerals without microscope or macro lens added photos. 

11th Oct 2019 13:23 UTCJules82

Thanks for replying! 
I don’t have a macro lens unfortunately but I’ll see what I can do. In natural light the colour is very clear/white. I’ll post a better pic tomorrow. 

9th Oct 2019 20:36 UTCMichael L Otto

Nice find, Jules. Your "healed" crystal looks similar to many smoky Quartz crystals I collected where many of the larger vugs had collapsed. The crystal"s growth was interrupted and although a common occurrence are interesting none the less. Did you find others?

11th Oct 2019 13:26 UTCJules82

Thanks for replying to me. I didn’t find any others like this one. It was lying covered with fine dirt near a nice little quartz seam on a road through a friend’s property. The flash caught my eye as I walked past. I did pick up a beautiful quartz crystal formation though - well I think it’s quartz or calcite. Gorgeous hexagonal formations all over it. 

11th Oct 2019 13:44 UTCMichael L Otto

If you follow the Quartz seam you may find it opens up into a void/pocket/vug where you may find more crystals.

12th Oct 2019 14:03 UTCJules82

Nice! I’ll see if I can follow one next time. Thanks for the tip! 
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