Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 03.15.2024 | Filed under:


Specimen # 102880
Mineral: Quartz
Location: McKay Head, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 4.4 x 3.6 x 3.6 cm


Detailed Description

This specimen is a complete ball of crystals, with smaller, sharper, more lustrous crystals together with larger, more opaque crystals with a bit less lustre. The smaller crystals are very faintly amethystine, and they are separated by thin white borders, comprised of a later stage quartz – under magnification it looks almost foamy, and likely owes its appearance to inclusions. In excellent condition. This is a striking specimen!

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About These Quartz Specimens from McKay Head

The cliffs of McKay Head are east along the Bay of Fundy shore from Wasson’s Bluff. The locality has long been known among collectors for vugs lined with milky quartz crystals and rarely analcime. However a series of pockets collected during 2020-2022 produced beautiful Quartz groups of a different style – balls and “pineapples”, comprised of lustrous little crystals ranging from colourless to faintly amethystine. This specimen is from that series of pockets.


Please Note: the colour representation in the still photographs has been carefully calibrated and adjusted to approximate an accurate rendition of this specimen in daylight (shade). The colours in the video are not similarly adjusted.