STRAWBERRY QUARTZ

Quartz is one of the most plentiful minerals on earth, making up about 12% of the earth's crust. But while quartz is common, it is far from boring -- the quartz world is remarkably diverse. Among the most fascinating phenomena in the quartz world are the unusual inclusions that are occasionally found in clear quartz crystals. Gemologists use the term "sagenitic quartz" to refer to transparent colorless quartz containing needlelike crystals of rutile, actinolite, goethite, tourmaline or other minerals. The most well-known example is rutilated quartz, which contains inclusions of golden rutile or titanium. Quartz with red inclusions of iron oxide is more rarely found, and is often sold under the name strawberry quartz or "red fire" quartz. Some specimens have very fine inclusions, only visible under magnification, lending the quartz a more or less uniformly strawberry color. Others have clearly visible inclusions and may appear as clear quartz with reddish needles, flakes or spangles.

There are no products matching the selection.

Powered By Win-Win Solutions Bliss Gems & Minerals © 2013