|Zomba Malawi- smoky quartz w fucshite mica inclusion
Updated April 10, 2019
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|This is a smoky quartz crystal on feldspar crystals from Zomba, Malawi. #1028. One crystal
has a very large fuchsite mica crystal inclusion.The mica crystal inclusion is so large that you
won't have to hunt for it. In fact, you can see the inclusion from FIVE FEET AWAY! Yes, I
checked. It being mica, which is very reflective, certainly helped. The inclusion measures
5/16" x 5/16" (8mm x 8mm) and is an excellent mica crystal with leafed mica book form. It even
has blades sticking out almost perpendicular to the main crystal. In the photos you can see
that it is very three-dimensional. It reminds me very much of the great fuchsite mica from
Hiddenite, North Carolina. It has a brilliant emerald green color.
The smoky crystals themselve are very odd (but in a very good way). This has depressed
triangular shapes on the termination faces that are called "record keepers". The curious thing
about these is that they are upside down and I can't recall ever seeing any that were pointing
in the opposite direction of the termination faces. There are also many tiny ones that are
upside down, but are slightly raised instead of being depressions. This is a fantastic
specimen and I believe that you would be hard pressed to find a similar one of any quality,
much less one as fine as this.
These photos were taken in full direct sunlight and some are very highly enlarged to show the
fine details of this specimen.
Please note that the photos display larger than life on your computer screen.
Size: overall size is 2 1/2" w x 1 3/4"d x 1 5/8" tall or in metric 6.3 x 4.6 x 4.2 cm.
The quartz (which sits at an angle) is 2" tall x 7/8" x 1 1/16" or in metric 5.1 x 2.3 x 2.7 cm.
The mica inclusion measures 5/16" x 5/16" or in metric 0.8 x 0.8 cm.
Weight: 3.0 ounce / 86 grams.
|Record keepers on the termination faces. The ones shown are
depressed, but there are also tiny raised record keepers that
are too small to see in these photos.
The odd thing about this is that they are upside down Record
|This specimen is $94 which includes
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