- Country of Origin
3.7 x 3.1 x 1.5 inches
Malawi, South Africa
Smokey Quartz occurs all over the world. Water clear high luster gemmy smokey is highly sought after and somewhat rare. Switzerland is perhaps most known for the standard of top grade Smokey Quartz, but quite a few other localities can challenge Swiss Smokey Quartz. Malawi in particular has what we believe to be the best Smokey Quartz on earth! Also Mulangi and Zomba both produce great clarity.
Mineral exploration in South Africa has been thriving for centuries! Although rich in a diversity of industrial minerals, specimen mining in South Africa is actually not as prevalent as one would expect. Diamonds, Gold, Manganese, etc are the main focus. But there are a few deposits worthy of noting that have produced over the years. The Kalahari Manganese field provides for the greatest amount of diversity, the Cactus Quartz deposit produces volume in Quartz, and the Messina Copper district produces some of the finest included Quartzes in the world! While many specimens are surely there to find, bureaucracy makes South Africa a challenging country to mine for specimens.
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