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bent, deformed or strange habits of crystals

Posted by Tony Charlton  
Tony Charlton January 01, 2014 02:53AM
while looking at the best minerals- Tourmaline I noticed a couple of bent crystals. have always had an affection for this type of specimens.so thought to try a new string for the new year..... odd balls of the mineral world. if you have a bent, deformed or unusual crystal - lets see it.
to start this thread I have selected the strangest Quartz I have seen.
think it is a good example of a cubic habit. it is fully terminated and only damage is a small chip on one edge.

click on photo for more views

ynot rock'

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2014 02:57AM by Tony Charlton.
Maggie Wilson January 01, 2014 12:01PM
Hi Tony - Happy New Year!

My contribution for today - a brookite that from the front appears not too bad, but from the side, you can see where it was once broken and then rehealed.

Locality: Kharan, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
Dimensions: 3 cm x 2 cm x 0.5 cm
David Baldwin January 01, 2014 01:39PM
Here's my contribution. A self-collected baryte crystal from a septarian nodule. The crystal has been cracked during formation by further expansion of the nodule, which pulls the interior apart, and then self-repaired as it continued to grow.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2014 04:49PM by David Baldwin.
Reiner Mielke January 01, 2014 03:14PM
Here is a galena crystal I found back in the 1960's http://www.mindat.org/photo-299466.html
Bob Harman January 01, 2014 03:17PM
Aragonite crystal cluster, 3.5 cm, with a 1.0 cm "cloud" of tiny quartz crystals all on quartz and ferroan dolomite from an Indiana geode. CHEERS……BOB
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Anonymous User January 01, 2014 04:05PM
This may only qualify as out of the ordinary for me, but here is a 2.9 x 2.4 x 3.3 cm gem clear quartz crystal that I found several years ago from Missouri Ridge in Chaffee County Colorado that was broken and rehealed making for a somewhat unusual termination.

Adam Berluti January 01, 2014 04:07PM
A beryl 'worm' in smoky quartz matrix. Many of the beryls I found from this pegmatite are rehealed in quartz matrix, making them impossible to remove in one piece. Collected Sept of 2013. Size of specimen is 3cm x 2cm.

Happy New Year!

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Olav Revheim January 01, 2014 04:24PM
One of my favourite garnets, self collected from the Steli Quarry, Iveland, Norway. It is 3 cm x 3 cm x 3 mm in sixe. It's composition is intermediate between almandine and spessartine, with a slightly higher almandine component

Dean Allum January 01, 2014 08:47PM
This is a fun and interesting topic. Crystals are not supposed to be curved. It is difficult to have symmetry that way.

All the lavender 'tourmalines' on this lepidolite pseudomorph are curved, giving them the appearance of tree branches

Several intergrown cyrtolites appear bloated with their curved surfaces.

-Dean Allum
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Chris Rayburn January 01, 2014 10:14PM
Here are two different views of a bent smoky quartz crystal on fluorite that I found near Lake George, Colorado several years ago. The smoky is approximately 11.5 cm long.
open | download - Bent Smoky 1.JPG (378.3 KB)
open | download - Bent Smoky 2.JPG (594.7 KB)
Tony Charlton January 01, 2014 11:17PM
to all:)-D
great looking oddities!!(tu):-D

Maggie, does the small crystal on the front of your Brookite show any damage?

David, the deformed termination on your Quartz looks like something blocked the growth, possible a penetration twin (minus the penetrated part).could you post different angle pictures?

here is another odd Quartz that resembles a sky-scraper with a rhomboidal cross section and four split levals.the base shows a twinning scar, otherwise a perfect crystal


ynot rock'
Daniel Levesque January 02, 2014 12:46AM

Happy New Year Tony,

Here's my contribution to your 'bent' thread. This is a 40mm schorl I collected in 2009 from the Maine Feldspar Quarry, Mt. Apatite, Auburn, Maine.
open | download - Bent SchorlCrop.jpg (37.9 KB)
Glenn Rhein January 02, 2014 01:49AM
A broken and rehealed Magnesiohastingsite crystal 3.75 cm
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Maggie Wilson January 02, 2014 02:01AM
Hey... The smaller crystal does not have damage where it intersects the main crystal. I assume, therefore it grew after the healing.
Doug Daniels January 02, 2014 02:45AM
So, the healing properties of crystals are real???? (sorry, couldn't resist)
Anonymous User January 02, 2014 03:03AM
Some terrific specimens!

Here are a top down and up through the polished bottom view of the one I posted above. It does look like the growth was blocked with a possible penetration twin. I hadn't previously noticed the neat parallel silver metallic thread inclusions seen in the bottom view through about 3cm of quartz. Looks like another one I need to add to my need to ID list.


Tony Charlton January 02, 2014 12:25PM
Hey all,:)-D
Thanks for the wonderful samples. This is the most oddities that i have seen.(tu):-D(tu)

I have to wonder if a misaligned atom or molecule. in the first stage of the crystals growth, could pass the deformation along throughout the whole growth. Thus causing a crystal like Maggie's Brookite with an apparent break, that has an undamaged crystal across the deformation.

to Doug--- there are a lot of properties that can be scientifically proven---piezoelectric phosphorescence,....ect. So all I can say is " crystal heal thy self ";-)
PS I am not a mete crystal mambo jumbo type.

ynot rock'
Tony Charlton January 03, 2014 01:28PM
Found this in a faulted Paleozoic volcanic ash (the central sierra nevada crest, Ebbits pass area) . The crystallization only accrued on one side of the broken pieces of the seam. They appeared to grow from the upper surfaces, hanging into the voids .

The Crystals were very fragile and none made it back home, although this one did get to my truck.
The reason this one is in the string --- it was the only one that looked like a palm tree in a hurricane The others of its type were all needle tips or grew into the adjoining rock on their terminations, It was about 1.5 cm tall.
Have no ideal as to the identity of the crystal(s).

this pic. shows the typical crystals and their orientation within the seam. the chunks of ash are still attached to each other in this pic.
(they were removed from the seam and set on a nearby boulder and the pic was rotated 90 degrees.)

ynot rock'

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/03/2014 07:06PM by Tony Charlton.
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Gerhard Niklasch January 03, 2014 04:25PM
Watch out kids - this is what continental drift'll do to you when you're in the wrong place at the right time:

Rutile in quartz/mica schist; Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Austria

The curving, partially fractured and healed main crystal is about 85mm long.
(This specimen came into my collection in 2010, some years after the above picture had been taken and uploaded.)

Grzegorz Słowik January 03, 2014 05:16PM
This is my favourite:

Quartzine, Chalcedony and Quartz from Barros Cassal, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 73 mm.
and this:
schorl from DSS Piława Górna, Dolny Śląsk, Poland, crystal size: 35 mm

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/04/2014 10:26AM by Grzegorz Słowik.
Paul Pohwat January 03, 2014 07:16PM
In reference to the term rehealed - should we not be using healed instead? Rehealed implies that the crystal was broken twice.
Stephen Rose January 03, 2014 08:50PM
Quartz from the CK Claim (aka Happy Claim), Bottomly Prospect area, North Trinity Range, Pershing County, Nevada. curved crystal 3.4x1x1 cm.


open | download - QtzBent1.jpg (883 KB)
Michael Otto January 03, 2014 10:42PM
This smoky quartz I collected always struck me as strange and deformed as were several that came out of the same pocket.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/03/2014 10:43PM by Michael Otto.
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Mickey Marks January 04, 2014 12:35AM
Here is a curved quartz from Altoona, Washington. It would be about 9mm long if straightened.
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Dan Fountain January 04, 2014 01:49AM
Not bent, but definitely a strange habit. Schorl (or some other black tourmaline - blacker than the photo looks...) 35 mm long overall. Ex Harry Dryer specimen, origin unknown. Not sure if there was once another crystal growing from the pit or ???
open | download - Schorl 1.jpg (333.6 KB)
Wayne Corwin January 04, 2014 03:20AM

Thats a contact mark, from quartz or garnet i suppect.
Pierre Rondelez January 04, 2014 08:34AM
Hi all:

here !s my contribution: want to talk about bent?
This is really bent (curled) : Malachite fibrous crystals from the Clara mine, Oberwolfach, Germany.
FOV: 2 cm.
Self collected in 1999.
Photo P.Rondelez
open | download - Malachiet krullen Clara_resize.jpg (258.7 KB)
Grzegorz Słowik January 04, 2014 10:19AM
Dan Fountain Wrote:
> Not bent, but definitely a strange habit. Schorl
> (or some other black tourmaline - blacker than the
> photo looks...) 35 mm long overall. Ex Harry
> Dryer specimen, origin unknown. Not sure if there
> was once another crystal growing from the pit or
> ???

I agree with Wayne. In that place was garnet.
Tony Charlton January 04, 2014 03:13PM
to All :)-D and (tu)(tu)(tu)
realy loving the response to this thread!

Michael-- could you post a side view or two?

the hole in Dan's Tourmaline has 8 sided symmetry and probably was not Quartz. could be Garnite or another tourmaline?

Pierre--- could the Malachite be psyedomorphed after Silver?

ynot rock'

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/06/2014 01:57PM by Tony Charlton.
Maggie Wilson January 04, 2014 03:25PM
some subtly bending fluorapatite from the Keeley-Frontier Mine, Silver Centre, near Cobalt, Ontario
open | download - apatite_002.JPG (129.3 KB)
Mario Pauwels January 04, 2014 04:45PM
A curved 'Blue cap' Tourmaline from the Sapo Mine (13,7cm x 2,8cm).

Best regards,
Mario Pauwels
Ronald J. Pellar January 04, 2014 07:58PM
Here is a twisted realgar from china (realgar gwindel?)

open | download - Realgar.jpg (461.7 KB)
Michael Otto January 05, 2014 02:17PM
Tony Charlton Wrote:
> to All :)-D and (tu)(tu)(tu)
> realy loving the response to this thread!
> Michael-- could you post a side view or two?
> the hole in Dan's Tourmaline has 8 sided symmetry
> and probably is not Quartz. could be Garnite or
> another tourmaline?
> Pierre--- could the Malachite be psyedomorphed
> after Silver?

Tony, First pic is from the back of crystal(s) 2nd is from side and last another odd 9cm crystal from the same pocket with a similar look.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/05/2014 05:14PM by Michael Otto.
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Rui Nunes January 05, 2014 05:52PM
A tourmaline from Pirineus claim, MG, Brazil
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Dr. Paul Bordovsky January 06, 2014 04:33AM
Great Sapo Bluecap, Mario........and interesting bends in your Brazilian tourmaline, Rui.

Here is a bent elbaite from Pech, Afghanistan.
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AM Mizunaka January 06, 2014 07:19AM
Bent quartz crystal from Brazil. 10.5 x 10.4 cm.

High Resolution Version Bent Quartz

Etched quartz from Brazil. 15.1 x 3.3 cm.

High Resolution Version Etched Quartz

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/06/2014 08:09AM by AM Mizunaka.
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 01:52PM
Curved faden quartz from Dara Ismael Khan District, Pakistan. 143 x 63 x 46mm. / minID: 9RW-1J5
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 02:12PM
Rehealed, bent elbaite crystal of 121mm. long from Stak Nala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 121 x 41 x 31mm. / minID: TV5-RC1
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 02:21PM
This epidote cluster is bent into two different directions due to tectonic movements during the growth stage of the crystals. Alchuri Alpine Vein, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
97 x 35 x 14mm. / minID: UFN-5RN
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 02:29PM
Deformed, slightly curved, doubly terminated faden quartz crystal to 85mm. in length from the Zard Mtn, Kharan District, Pakistan. 148 x 69 x 47mm. / minID: TK2-H0D
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 02:44PM
Curved, doubly terminated quartz crystal to 70mm. with moss-like inclusions of chlorite from the Zard Mtn, Kharan District, Pakistan. 92 x 78 x 55mm. / minID: 8QG-ELT
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 02:55PM
Well-formed "ram's horn" selenite cluster, formed by thin curved, parallel crystals. This kind of formation occurs when one side of the crystal grows more rapidly than the other.
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Prov., Morocco. 112 x 119 x 77mm. / minID: JHD-3PD
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 03:00PM
Curved, elongated actinolite crystals embedded in talc matrix from the Altermark talc mine, Rana, Norway. 143 x 82 x 62mm. / minID: YX2-KAH
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 03:11PM
Intergrown, doubly terminated, curved faden quartz cluster from the quartz outcrops close to the village of Alnif. Izizauen, Alnif, Er Rachidia Prov., Morocco. 111 x 37 x 31mm. / minID: 5HG-T9C
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 03:42PM
A fluorite pseudomorph after scalenohedral calcite with very nice scepter quartz crystals to 10mm. in length. Carmen Mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mexico. 165 x 102 x 67mm. / minID: EV3-ELL
Karel Bal January 06, 2014 04:00PM
Etched biterminated quartz crystal with cleavelandite, shows a surface pattern with dents and grooves. Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Pakistan. 80 x 30 x 28mm. / minID: ETQ-X9T
Grzegorz Słowik January 06, 2014 06:36PM
Two more specimens from me:

Unusual Herkimer Diamond from Hekimer Co. NY, 15 mm ( http://www.mindat.org/photo-550634.html ):

Very unusual single crystal of quartz from Strzegom, Dolny Śląsk, Poland. Crystal is also complete and undamaged. Dimensions: 27 mm x 22 mm x 6 mm ( http://www.mindat.org/photo-581525.html )
Tony Charlton January 07, 2014 10:35PM
really nice pieces being posted,

Maggie -- do the other Fuorapatite crystals in the specimen show deformations. if so do they alligne with the main bent one?

Mario --beautiful tourmaline!

Ronald --wonderful realgar!

Micheal --thanks for extra pic's.

Rui --outrageous double bend!!

Paul --another wonderful tourmaline!!

AM --that is the largest angle bend I have seen, wow!!!

Karel --must have taken a while to put such a good collections together! very nice!!!

Grzegorz --nice Quartz, neat unusual habits.

again thanks to all contributors. loving it!!!

here is My latest contribution to the thread.
this is a Quartz that shows two growth interruptions created by other types of minerals.

check out the child pics.

ynot rock'
Mickey Marks January 07, 2014 11:51PM
Gypsum "flower" from the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation, Mancos Canyon , Colorado. Collected in September 1990.
open | download - Gypsum - Ute Mountain Indian Reservation - Mancos Canyon CO - September 1990.jpg (280.8 KB)
Clifford Trebilcock January 08, 2014 01:36AM
Here is a photo of some interesting Quartz crystals I found at Hermit Island in Phippsburg,Maine near my home.
Hexagonal plates on stems in some spots. Specimen FOV is about 3 CM. I managed to get a few samples
from this seam but have never found any others.


Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2016 04:14PM by Clifford Trebilcock.
Harjo Neutkens January 08, 2014 07:23AM
"bent, deformed, strange"......you talking 'bout me? ;-)

A particularly nice bent quartz crystal, 10cm tall. From pocket I found in 2010 in Belgium.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/08/2014 07:24AM by Harjo Neutkens.
Rock Currier January 08, 2014 10:26AM
Will someone please step forward and create a Best Minerals article entitled bent crystals?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Maggie Wilson January 08, 2014 11:46AM
Hi Tony

To answer your question, "Do the other Fluorapatite crystals in the specimen show deformations? If so do they align with the main bent one?"

Sort of... How's that for scientific?

I know longer have the piece but have some photos - Here's another view -
open | download - Apatite.jpg (36.9 KB)
Tony Charlton January 08, 2014 02:24PM
HEY ALL(tu):)-D
They are all looking GREAT

Mickey --looks like a shadow puppet.

Clifford --strange one for sure.

Harjo --do they have tornado's there?:-D

Maggie --that is to bad, it is a nice piece.

another bent Quartz --not as bent as some previous post but it is what I have.

ynot rock'
Norbert Fuchs January 08, 2014 10:36PM

von mir ein interessantes Stück aus Deutschland.
Fluorit-Oktaeder mit gekrümmten Flächen. Deutsche Sammler nennen diese Varietät des Fluorits "Ochsenaugen".

Der genaue Fundort ist Schönbrunn,Vogtland ,Sachsen.
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Marc Miterman (2) January 09, 2014 05:08AM
HI Everyone,
What a cool topic.
I love odd and etched crystals and it is refreshing to see everyone's weird specimens.
It is amazing to see what nature can create.
Some are so different
you just have to love them.
Here is a strange a and severely curved Schorl crystal I have had in my collection for many years.
It has a very pronounced curve and is complete all around and terminated.

Tourmaline var Schorl
Shigar Valley
Skardu District
10 cm x 1.4 cm

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2014 05:11AM by Marc Miterman (2).
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Anonymous User January 09, 2014 08:20AM
Awesome thread!!!
Mickey Marks January 09, 2014 06:49PM
This is a curved lepidolite "stack" from the Strickland Quarry in Portland, Connecticut, which was collected in 1985, before the site was closed.
open | download - Lepidolite - Strickland Quarry - Portland CT - 1985.JPG (515.9 KB)
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 02:33PM
Hey guys, it's cool to see so many interest for such a topic, therefore I will add some more pictures.

A treelike aggregate of white curved strontianite crystals surrounded by calcite crystals.
Readymix quarry, Beckum, Münsterland, Germany. 118 x 83 x 66mm. / minID: FA8-2M0

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2014 02:56PM by Karel Bal.
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 02:55PM
A well-terminated spray of metallic long prismatic stibnite crystals, showing interesting curvatures.
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Hunan Prov., China. 130 x 50 x 35mm. / minID: 03J-2X1

FOV: 40 x 25 mm.
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 03:10PM
An unusual combination of fluorite with curved "ram's horn" selenite crystals inside.
Hamman-Zriba Mine, Zaghouan Gov. Tunisia. 132 x 83 x 80mm. / minID: GL1-DXT
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 03:23PM
Bizarre-looking milky quartz specimen, partially coated with chlorite from the Kuhlenberg quarry, Winterberg, Sauerland, Germany. 100 x 50 x 22mm. / minID: YKE-RUV
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 03:34PM
Aragonite needles up to 17mm. with black-brownish, featherlike todorokite crystals. Maria Alm, Saalfelden, Austria. 107 x 46 x 41mm. / minID: 2WD-8KV

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2014 03:49PM by Karel Bal.
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 03:48PM
Bizarre looking glassy chalcedony pseudostalactites on a botryoidal pink-yellow matrix. Sidi Rahal, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Reg., Morocco. 139 x 89 x 39mm. / minID: RW1-153
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 04:02PM
A curved, doubly terminated green elbaite crystal of 70mm. atop on a matrix of cleavelandite. Stak Nala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 97 x 80 x 55mm. / minID: WP0-TER
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 04:13PM
A lustrous, Alpine smoky quartz crystal with adularia. Lower Weid Alp, Habach valley, Austria. 120 x 62 x 30mm. / minID: 3DR-JYW
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 04:30PM
A slightly curved quartz crystal of 40mm. with hübnerite. Mundo Nuevo, Sanchez Carrion Prov., Peru. 110 x 76 x 50mm. / minID: DCP-UK6
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 04:46PM
Broken and (re) healed scepter amethyst crystal of 8mm. from Osilo, Sassari Prov. Italy. 105 x 82 x 70mm. / minID: QPY-MG1
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 05:00PM
A showy dark green epidote crystal of 32mm. with numerous smaller at the base. Alchuri Alpine Vein, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 52 x 32 x 26mm. / minID: RFC-LM4
Karel Bal January 10, 2014 05:20PM
A very nicely fossilized sponge that has been totally replaced by elongated, sometimes curved pyrite crystals. Cap Blanc-Nez, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. 70 x 59 x 56mm. / minID: 0WG-UCH

That's all Folks !!!
Stephanie Martin January 10, 2014 06:35PM
Karel, that thing is amazing!

Cool thread with more than a few curves!

stephanie :-)
Tony Charlton January 10, 2014 07:36PM
To ALL--- great pics!!!!

Here is another growth interruption example.
a 2.54 cm Quartz. the termination was covered with chlorite and the only area that continued to grow was along 3 edges of the termination.
this formed a "wall" along those edges. does not show well but the "wall" has a lot of terminations.

this crystal has a complete termination with no chips.

ynot rock'
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Tony Charlton January 11, 2014 12:45PM
This post is of crystals that are not in My collection , but they fit the string so well.
The subjects of the post are in a Marble cavern next to an old (for California) gold rush mine town called Valcainoville. The Black Chasm cavern is a small hole that was opened as a "park" about 10 years ago. It was first explored by the 1849 miners, but they did not get past the "chasm" . In the late 1990's the property was acquired by the state, and a stair was installed.

fov 3 meters
fov 5 meters
fov 4 meters

ynot rock'
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Tony Charlton January 11, 2014 01:01PM
Some more Helectites from the Black Chasm caverns. The guides claim that this cave has more Helectites than any other known cavern. Some of them are half a meter long!
fov t2b aprox. 3 meters
close-up of "the dragon"
different view shows "the dragon" is several crystals.

I do not know if it is the most helectites in a cave, but there are a lot of them in this cavern. Some walls in the cave are covered with the helectites for 15 meters!

ynot rock'
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Tony Charlton January 11, 2014 01:05PM
One more of the Black Chasm.

Just so You know that the cave is watching You while Your there!:-D

ynot rock'
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Tony Charlton January 17, 2014 07:22PM
Hey All :)-D
So far there have been a lot of wonderful specimens (tu) posted, please keep them coming.
Here is another bent Quartz from My collection. ( except for the Helectites all of the crystals that I have shown here are self collected..)

ynot rock'
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Tony Charlton January 28, 2014 12:06AM
Hello again folks,:)-D
I can not believe this is all the mindat community has--please, lets see some more of the bent, deformed or strange habits.
Here is My new post of a bent Quartz, size is about 3 cm. long.

I think this is a Faden Quartz, but am not sure.

ynot rock'
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Mickey Marks January 28, 2014 02:51AM
This is a bent tourmaline, var. dravite, from Codfish Hill in Bethel, Connecticut, collected in the 1970s.
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Norman King January 28, 2014 12:30PM
This specimen just came in and I photographed it a few days ago. It looks like the muscovite formed on the spodumene crystal, weighing it down and causing it to sag. (I know–we don’t know what orientation it had when forming, but it’s a cute story!)

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