Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2, Microcline (Var: Amazonite) : K(AlSi3O8)

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Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2, Microcline (Var: Amazonite) : K(AlSi3O8)

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Probably the best cabinet sized specimen of Smoky Quartz and Amazonite at Tucson 2006!
I didn't see another that came close in terms of aesthetics, balance, and color contrast. The dark
Smoky Quartz points and their dramatic arrangement with the forward facing Amazonite crystals is
exceptional. I purchased this specimen for my collection as soon as I saw it because specimens of
this quality and appearance are few and far between. This specimen measures 13.5 cm by 13.5 cm
by 13.5 cm in size. There are the usual repairs and restoration so common to these large clusters but
none are noticable or detracting. Looking a little closer, one can see that the Smoky terminations are
in excellent shape with only a couple of very tiny bumps on the backside of the main point in the center.
The smaller point to the right of center in the back is contacted as well but not in the center of focus.
The forward facing Smoky displays a white-cap termination which terminated against the pocket wall.
The Amazonite crystals are perfectly arranged between the points and display a beautiful turquoise
bluish-green. From the Black Bear Pocket, Smoky Hawk Mine, Florissant, Teller County, Colorado.
Ex. Kevin Ward Collection

This Photo was Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 9th Aug 2008

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