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Sceptre Quartz

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A variety of Quartz

Scepter quartzes are crystals in which a second generation crystal tip grew on top of another quartz crystal. In a typical scepter quartz, the younger tip is larger than the first tip, but it may also be smaller (then sometimes called a "reverse scepter"). To be a scepter quartz, the second generation quartz crystal must grow parallel to the underlying crystal. Whether the second generation grew on the old tip, sideways on the prism, or somewhere in between is not relevant.

Small crystals usually carry only one scepter, but on large crystals the faces may instead be covered by numerous smaller scepters. Scepters may also be stacked in parallel.

In the "classical" kind of scepter quartz, as shown in the first 3 head photos, the scepter and the first generation quartz crystal often differ markedly in their habits, surface structure, luster and color:
- Almost all scepters only show the basic crystallographic forms (rhombohedra and prism), and no accessorial faces, regardless of the forms and habits of the underlying crystal.
- The typical striation of the prism faces is often missing on the scepter, while being present on the underlying crystal.
- While the crystal carrying the scepter may be tapered, the scepter is usually not.
- The first generation crystal may be a macromosaic quartz, scepters never are.
- Very often the scepter shows skeletal growth forms that are absent on the first generation crystal.

The change in color and morphology between the underlying crystal and the scepter is abrupt, there is usually no gradual transition.

Some scepter quartzes, like the specimen shown on the right head photo, do not show the morphological discontinuity that is typical for the classical scepters. Instead, the change in morphology is gradual. They are often developed as reverse scepters that may be tapered and distorted, but overall appear as a continuous extension of the prism. In some cases the crystal tip carries several scepters of different size that grade into each other. These scepter quartzes are usually small. They are typically found in cavities of volcanic rocks.

Note: Some quartz crystals have a narrow base because their growth was inhibited by other minerals. These are not scepter quartzes.

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Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Amethyst146 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Amethyst on
Smoky Quartz61 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Smoky Quartz on
Calcite54 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Calcite on
Pyrite45 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Pyrite on
Quartz40 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Quartz on
Sphalerite28 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Sphalerite on
Chalcopyrite25 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Chalcopyrite on
Tourmaline18 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Tourmaline on
Hematite16 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Hematite on
Arsenic15 photos of Sceptre Quartz associated with Arsenic on

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Sceptre QuartzHide

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Rykart, R. (1995) Quarz-Monographie - Die Eigenheiten von Bergkristall, Rauchquarz, Amethyst, Chalcedon, Achat, Opal und anderen Varietäten. Ott Verlag Thun, 2nd. Edition.

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Localities for Sceptre QuartzHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Tucumán
    • Graneros Department
      • Cerro Quico
Raúl J. Tauber (1972) - Informe de la expedición al Cerro Quico. Tucumán. Inédito. Informe personal.
  • New South Wales
    • Drake Co.
Patrick Gundersen collection
      • Ewingar State Forest
P.Gundersen (personal communication)
  • Northern Territory
    • Central Desert Region
Don McColl (2002) Quartz scepter crystals from the Entia Valley, Harts Range, Central Australia. Mineralogical Record 33: 515-521.
  • Carinthia
    • Hohe Tauern
      • Goldberg group
Rudolf Hasler Collection
R. Hasler Collection
        • Zirknitz
          • Große Zirknitz valley
Rudolf Hasler Collection
      • Reißeck group
        • Gmünd
          • Radlgraben
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
        • Mühldorf
          • Göriach
Christian Bracke Collection
        • Pusarnitz
Dr. H. Weninger (1976) Mineral-Fundstellen Steiermark und Kärnten
  • Salzburg
    • Hohe Tauern
      • Rauris valley
        • Hüttwinkl valley
          • Grieswies - Krumlkeeskopf area
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • Lungau
      • Zederhaus valley
        • Oberweißburg (Ober-Weisburg)
Steinwender, C. (2013): 1805) Albit, Calcit, Quarz und Rutil vom Zickenberg, Zederhaustal, Salzburg. Pp. 118-119 in Niedermayr et al.: Neue Mineralfunde aus Österreich LXII. Carinthia II, 203./123., 91-146.
  • Styria
    • Graz
      • Wildon
        • Weitendorf
Offenbacher (1992)
  • Tyrol
    • East Tyrol
      • Virgen valley
        • Virgen
          • Großer Nilbach valley
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
    • North Tyrol
      • Ötz valley
        • Gurgler valley
          • Obergurgl
Bergmann, M. (2011): Tiroler Neufunde aus den Ötztaler Alpen, vom Kaunergrat und vom Geigenkamm. Lapis 36 (7-8), 16-20.
      • Zillertal
        • Zemmgrund
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
          • Mörchner area
Christian Bracke Collection
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
  • Upper Austria
    • Mühlviertel
      • Freistadt
        • Königswiesen
R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
  • Vorarlberg
    • Bludenz
      • Brand valley
Niedermayr, G. & Gabriel, W. (2010): Ein interessanter Quarzfund aus dem Bereich der Schesaplana, Vorarlberg. Mineralien-Welt 21 (2), 66-67.
    • Bregenz
      • Au
Wagenplast, P. & Friebe, J. G. (2003): Vorkommen, Ausbildung und Entstehung der "Marmaroscher Quarze" in Vorarlberg. Vorarlberger Naturschau - Forschen und Entdecken, 12, 53-64.
    • Feldkirch
      • Rankweil
Wagenplast, P. & Friebe, J. G. (2003): Vorkommen, Ausbildung und Entstehung der "Marmaroscher Quarze" in Vorarlberg. Vorarlberger Naturschau - Forschen und Entdecken, 12, 53-64.
  • Daşkəsən District (Daskasan; Dashkyasan)
    • Dashkesan
Pavel M. Kartashov data
Rui Nunes 2012
Rui Nunes 2012
  • Ontario
    • Leeds and Grenville Co.
      • Lansdowne Township
JR Montgomery Collection
  • Sichuan Province
    • Leshan Prefecture
Norman King and some specimens already posted for this locality
Czech Republic
  • Moravia (Mähren; Maehren)
    • Vysočina Region
      • Žďár nad Sázavou District
Jan Čermák.
  • Tadjourah region
Jean-Marie Laurent collection
  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    • Rhône
      • Beaujeu
Chollet Pascal collection
Anthony Geneyton Collection
      • Chenelette
Frédéric Hède collection
    • Savoie
      • La Lauzière massif
Van King
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • Haute-Vienne
      • Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Boisson, J. M. (1988) - Les monts d'Ambazac, Le Cahier des Micromonteurs, (2), 3-33.
  • Lower Saxony
    • Schaumburg
      • Rinteln
        • Hohenrode
M Kampf collection
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
    • Sauerland
      • Arnsberg
        • Hüsten
Klaus Krause collection
  • Saarland
    • St Wendel
      • Freisen
Ko Jansen collection, photo id 651281
  • Thuringia
    • Greiz
      • Neumühle
Rüger, F. (2009): Die Mineralien des Kuhbergbruchs Neumühle in Thüringen. Lapis 34 (6), 25-30; 43-47; 70.
  • Attikí Prefecture (Attica; Attika)
    • Athens District (Athina; Athinai)
L.Rantos collection
    • Lavrion District (Laurion; Laurium)
      • Lavrion District Mines
        • Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamariza)
          • Kamariza Mines (Kamareza Mines)
Fritz Schreiber collection
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Co.
    • Zemplén Mts (Tokaj Mts)
      • Telkibánya
Szakáll & Weiszburg: Topographia Mineralogica Hungariae II.
Sándor Szakáll; Tamás Weiszburg (1994) Minerals of Telkibánya, NE-Hungary. Miskolc Herman Ottó Múzeum
  • Heves Co.
    • Mátra Mts
      • Gyöngyösoroszi
Own collecting,June,2006
      • Parádfürdő
HOM Database,2005
Szakáll:100 Hungarian Mineral Loc., 2004
  • Tamil Nadu
    • Karur District
JR Montgomery Collection
  • Lombardy
    • Bergamo Province
      • Brembana Valley
Paolo Capitanio Collection 2008
-Maida, F. (2002): Descrizione delle specie e varietà di minerali e loro ritrovamento nella Bergamasca. G.O.M. Gruppo Orobico Minerali - Novecento Grafico, Ed., Bergamo 82 pp. (geologic part by F. Pezzotta).
  • Sardinia
    • Sassari Province
      • Osilo
Simone Boscolo
Gelosa, M. & Mameli, P. (1999): I minerali delle cave di Osilo: località mineralogiche della Sardegna. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 2/1999, 92-96.
  • Tuscany
    • Livorno Province
      • Elba Island
        • Portoferraio
Christian Bracke Collection
  • Antananarivo Province
    • Analamanga Region
      • Anjozorobe District
        • Ambatomanoina Commune
De Ascenção Guedes, R., Lebocey, J. & Bayle, L.-D. (2010): Munich 2010. Le Règne Minéral. 96 (Nov-Déc 2010): 27-44 [p.40-41]
  • Toamasina Province (Tamatave)
    • Alaotra-Mangoro Region
Van King
  • Chihuahua
    • Mun. de Chihuahua
      • Barranca de Cobre (Copper Canyon)
Gem Center USA
  • Veracruz
    • Mun. de Tatatila
JR Montgomery Collection
  • Zacatecas
    • Mun. de Concepción del Oro
      • Concepción del Oro
Frank W. Hess/ E.J. Trybalski specimen
  • Drâa-Tafilalet Region
    • Ouarzazate Province
      • Tazenakht
        • Bou Azzer District (Bou Azer District)
          • Bou Azzer Mine (Bou Azer Mine; Bouazzar Mine)
Favreau, G. and Dietrich, J. E. (2006). Die Mineralien von Bou Azzer. Lapis 31(7/8), 27-68
  • Zambezia Province
    • Alto Ligonha District
Geotrade Bohemia
  • Erongo Region
    • Dâures
      • Brandberg Area
        • Goboboseb Mts
Cairncross, B. & Bahmann, U. (2007): Zepterquarz und Prehnit vom Tafelkop, Goboboseb-Berge, Namibia. Lapis 32 (6), 37-43. (in German)
        • Messum Igneous Complex
Peter Seroka collection. Bezing, L. von, Bode, R. & Jahn, S. (2008): Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern: 270 (in English)
    • Karibib
JR Montgomery Collection
  • Bagmati Zone
    • Dhading District
Vik Vanrusselt Collection
  • Akershus
    • Eidsvoll (Eidsvold)
      • Feiring
Atle Michalsen photo and specimen
  • Buskerud
    • Nedre Eiker
      • Nedre Eiker Church
  • Nord-Trøndelag
    • Lierne
      • Sørli
Jørgensen, L. (2003): Berglia-Glassberget kvartsforekomst, Sørli i Lierne. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 25: 39-40
  • Sogn og Fjordane
Nordrum, F.S. (2003): Nyfunn av mineraler i Norge 2002-2003. Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift. 25: 82-89
  • Vestfold
    • Holmestrand
      • Kjeksrød
Ehgil Hollund photo & specimen, photo id 436660
  • Balochistan (Baluchistan)
    • Chagai District
    • Kharan District
      • Ras Koh Mts
Christian Bracke Collection
  • Lower Silesia (Dolnośląskie)
    • Strzegom-Sobótka Massif
      • Świdnica District
Van King
  • Lisbon District
    • Sintra
Martins da Pedra collection
  • Viseu District
Identified in Rebentão Mine
    • Vila Nova de Paiva
      • Queiriga
        • Lagares do Estanho Mines
Pedro Alves collection.
  • Banská Bystrica Region
    • Banská Štiavnica Co.
      • Banská Belá
Slavomír ŠIMKO
      • Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz)
Russ, A. (2011): "Goldene" Zepterquarze aus Schemnitz/Banská Stiavnica, Slowakei. Lapis 36 (7-8) 13-19.
Peter Vancik collection
    • Žiar nad Hronom Co.
Slavomir SIMKO
        • Šturec
Slavomír ŠIMKO
  • Murcia
    • La Unión
      • Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión
        • Sancti Spiritu
FMF Forum
  • Bern
    • Hasli Valley
      • Grimsel area
        • Oberaar lake area
          • Zinggenstöcke
            • Vorderer Zinggenstock
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 336.
  • Schwyz
Uebelhart,M. (1991). Eine neue Fundstelle im Sedimentgestein der Urner Voralpen / Der Weg ist das Ziel - oder wenn es auf den 'Chuewägli' plötzlich glitzert. Mineralienfreund, Jg.29, Nr.1, S.1-4. Amacher,P. (1991). Eine neue Fundstelle im Sedimentgestein der Urner Voralpen / Vorwort / Die Paragenese der Fundstelle. Mineralienfreund, Jg.29, Nr.1, S.4-13. Weibel,M. (2003). Chinzig (Muotatal SZ, UR). Mineralienfreund, Jg.41, Nr.1, S.8-11.
  • Ticino (Tessin)
    • Blenio Valley
      • Camadra Valley
        • Campo Blenio
          • Lake Luzzone
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 341.
      • Olivone
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 324.
    • Leventina
      • Central St Gotthard Massif
        • Tremola Valley
          • Pontino Alp
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 49
      • Piora Valley
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 338.
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Verlag Wepf & Co. (Basel), p. 49
    • Lugano lake
      • Carona
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 342.
  • Vaud (Waadt)
    • Bex
      • Tour de Duin
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 333.
  • Wallis (Valais)
    • Binn Valley
      • Chummibort
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 340.
      • Mätti Valley
Christian Bracke Collection; Günther, W. (2010): Amethyst-Neufund am Blattjegrat im Binntall, Wallis (CH). Lapis 35 (4), 21-24.
    • Goms
      • Fiesch
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 334.
      • Grafschaft
        • Reckingen
Christian Bracke Collection
    • Lötschen valley
      • Lang glacier area
Christian Bracke Collection
    • Monthey
      • Illiez Valley
        • Troistorrents
Stalder, H. A., Wagner, A., Graeser, S. and Stuker, P. (1998): "Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz", Wepf (Basel), p. 333.
  • Arizona
    • Cochise Co.
      • Tombstone Hills
        • Tombstone District
Rolf Luetcke specimen
    • Yavapai Co.
      • Date Creek Mts
Mitchell, 2001. Gem Trails of Arizona, p.40
  • Colorado
    • Clear Creek Co.
      • Alice District
        • Alice Mine
Min Rec 18:3 pp185-187
  • Connecticut
    • New London Co.
Rocks & Minerals, Dec 1989
  • Maine
    • Cumberland Co.
      • Baldwin
        • West Baldwin
Gene Bearss, "What's New at the Estes Quarry" Micromounters of New England 2010 Symposium presentation
    • Oxford Co.
      • Greenwood
Mineral News (1993) 9:2 p. 8
      • Hebron
Van King
  • Massachusetts
    • Norfolk Co.
      • Wrentham
P Cristofono collection, 2004
  • Montana
    • Jefferson Co.
      • Boulder Batholith
(In preparation)
        • Goldflint Mountain
various photographs
  • Nevada
    • Washoe Co.
      • Hallelujah Junction area
        • Petersen Mountain ("Peterson Mountain"; Hallelujah Junction [sic])
Ref: Schlegel, J. (1999) Report to the Mineralogical Society of Southern California: Field Collected Quartz, v. Amethyst measuring 15x10cm; Crystal Tips #1, Hallelujah Mine, Petersen Mountain, Washoe County, Nevada; May 31st.
Van King
  • New Hampshire
    • Carroll Co.
      • Conway
        • North Conway
Rocks and Minerals, (1990) 65:286-296
      • Hale's Location
Smith, Arthur E. (2005): New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index (Rocks & Minerals 80:242-261)
Smith, Art. "New Hampshire: mineral locality index " in Rocks & Min., July-Aug 2005
    • Cheshire Co.
Rocks & Min 80:247-248
Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index
    • Grafton Co.
      • Groton
P. Cristofono collection
Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index; Rocks and Minerals, (1990) 65:286-296
    • Rockingham Co.
      • Raymond
Francis, C. A. (1985): Minerals of the Chandler Mine, A Zoned Lithium Rich Pegmatite (Rocks and Minerals, 60:263-264); Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index
    • Strafford Co.
      • Strafford
        • Parker Mountain
Rocks & Min. 80:256 (2005); Rocks & Minerals 80:4 pp234-241
  • New York
    • Herkimer Co.
      • Little Falls
Rocks & Minerals 82:472-483
    • Lewis Co.
      • Lowville
Marcus Martin
    • Montgomery Co.
      • St Johnsville
George Robinson & Steven Chamberlain (2007) Gazetteer of major New York State mineral localities. Rocks & Minerals, 82, #6, 472-483.
  • Virginia
    • Smyth Co.
Rolf Luetcke specimen
  • Washington
    • King Co.
      • Goldmyer Hot Springs
Gems and Minerals of Washington, Lanny Ream 1994
      • North Bend
Minerals of Washington, Bart Cannon, 1975
Rocks and Minerals 66:6, p.470
        • Hansen Creek
Minerals of Washington, Bart Cannon, 1975
    • Skagit Co.
      • Mount Vernon
Minerals of Washington, Bart Cannon, 1975
    • Snohomish Co.
Minerals of Washington, Bart Cannon, 1975
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