A tall and slender crystal of quartz forms the core of this one. And then it is the second generation crystals, grown over top of the tall crystal that make the piece. The second generation beta quartz crystals are sharp, and lustrous – the cluster contains a myriad of bright crystal faces. In excellent condition, with no damage other than a couple of chips minor relative to the specimen (I note that there are no chips to the top). This is a highly aesthetic and distinctive quartz specimen.
About these Quartz Crystals
The quartz specimens from this find at the Nikolaevskiy Mine in 2013 are highly distinctive – they are comprised of two contrasting generations of quartz crystals. A long, slender prismatic crystal habit forms the core, and the second generation, growing over the first, is what makes these pieces special. The second generation is a growth of quartz crystals that formed at relatively high temperatures, often referred to as “beta quartz.” Beta quartz crystals are known for their crystal shape – short, with no prism faces, they are hexagonal dipyramids.