A very large specimen of Quartz, specifically, as some would call it, “candle Quartz.” It has also been called “sprouting Quartz” or “cathedral Quartz.” Either way, they are descriptive terms for a specimen featuring a second generation of Quartz crystals that grow on the prism faces parallel to the main Quartz crystal, with the tips pointing slightly away from the main crystal. It apparently resamples a candle with drops of wax on its side, thus the name “candle Quartz.” Hmm, I wonder why the IMA hasn’t officially recognized the classification “Candle Quartz?” Anyways, regardless of the descriptive names available, as a specimen of Quartz, it’s awesome! Great termination, great contrast with the Hematite inclusion in the termination, great luster and in excellent condition.
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size: 11 x 8.9 x 5.5 cm