Stalactitic Quartz


Stalactitic Quartz 10cm from Marrakesh province

Size; 10cm x 3.5cm x 4.6cm high

Weight, 141gm.   Ref No 2040



Stalactitic Quartz 10cm from Marrakesh province, Morocco

This is a stunning example Stalactitic Quartz, with gorgeous reddish brown colours with druzy quartz crystals. This is a lovely crystal from Morocco  and comes from the mines near Tarazout, Sidi Rahal, Marrakesh province. This location in the High Atlas Mountains  is famous for producing these superb specimens. It sits really well, and would make a fantastic addition to any mineral collection.

Quartz is a hard mineral and there are many different varieties. The actual word quartz originates from the German word ‘quarz’. There are many colourful varieties of quartz, for example Rose Quartz, Amethyst or Citrine. However quartz in its purest state is colourless, and known as Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal. It has been used for jewellery and carvings for thousands of years. It was thought at one time that because the Quartz was so transparent and clear it must be derived from ice. Ice that had frozen so hard that it could never melt. It was discovered in the 1880’s that quartz has what are known as, ‘piezoelectric properties’. Quartz crystals still play an important role in our everyday life. We find quartz in everything from watches to electronics.

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