33 x 16 x 3 mm
Messina Mine, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Ahhhoite... what an amazing color. Only truly to be seen again in nature in tropical waters in certain places on Earth. This stone and I have an uncanny symbiotic relationship. My passion for this color spectrum is indescribable. This fantastic Copper Silicate inclusion in Quartz hails from the Messina Mine, Limpopo Province, on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe, originally found in Ajo, Arizona. We have been fortunate enough to develop a great relationship with the miners of this material over the past 4 years and have distributed about 80% of the material that came out of the two major pockets that were hit in 2008. This famous copper deposit really struck its peak when the marketing of Ajoite and Papagoite inclusions in Quartz made it a more popular specimen deposit. Boasting over 25 known minerals in Quartz, many unidentified, the various Messina deposits have becoming a sort of Mecca for Quartz inclusion enthusiasts! Material from there has come in waves over the years... logistics and politics in Africa create challenging risks for investors! Messina will produce again, but with great effort.
Chlorite included Quartz comes from most mountainous regions of the world. In Pakistan, there are Chlorite included crystals that come from both Quetta and also the Northern Pakistan Areas. It can often be futile trying to pin down exact localities as there are so many places that this occurs... in fact we have seen so much of this that we have become jaded! However, this is not to say that exceptional specimens do not exist. Chlorite typically eats away or grows in competition with quartz, often times leaving the quartz devoid of character or without luster. It can also coat the quartz so that one cannot see inside. Sometimes the competition for space creates quite profound crystal growth and other times the presence of chlorite within the quartz can produce extremely aesthetic specimens for cutting material. In even more rare circumstances Chlorite can grow along Faden lines and do other quirky things that make for desirable aesthetic specimens! There are so many possibilities with Chlorite Quartz that we cannot highlight any more details other than to show you pictures of what we have available.
Quartz was our first stone passion. For a decade we have attempted to gather as much diversely included and colorful Quartzes as we could find, from every corner of the globe, travelling both to country of origin, and utilizing a vast network of suppliers developed through exhibiting at major USA and international gem and mineral shows. Here is a representation of those efforts - some of the best of our finds, as well as a tremendous volume that has just piled up as a result of wholesaling in volume! If you have a variety of aesthetic Quartz to add to our offerings, we'd love to see a flat of material! We also personally collect high quality fine Quartzes.
This item is one of a kind and you will receive the EXACT piece(s) pictured. Macro photography is used to show detail but can make items appear larger than their actual size. Please refer to the size ranges and note whether they are in centimeters or inches. 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters.
Gems and crystals are great for altars, grids, terrariums, pocket stones, gifts, home decorating, collecting and more! They are also wonderful additions to meditation, reiki and chakra work. Each stone is unique and beautiful so please expect slight variations in color, texture, and size. Healing crystals are not a replacement for traditional medical treatment. Feel free to contact us with any other questions. Thank you for supporting our small business!