This section of quartz vein hosts clusters of sharp hematite crystals together with reddish microcrystals of quartz. The hematite crystals are well-defined and have good lustre. A couple of the rosettes are visible face-on at the one edge of the specimen (right hand side or top, depending on preferred orientation, looks good both ways.) These rosettes are unusual for the hematite crystal groups from this locality, which are typically packed together as edge-on rosettes. In excellent condition, no damage (except incomplete crystals at the edges of the piece where it was attached). Aesthetic and different for this locality, a really nice specimen.
About These Hematites
These fine hematite specimens were excavated from a deposit in the hills extremely close to the town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. The deposit was worked in the 1970s and 1980s, and these specimens date back to those workings.