Quartz v. Amethyst Scepter – Chibuku Mine, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe
This lovely Amethyst shows a subtle example of the quartz habit, scepter. A “scepter” quartz is generally defined as a quartz crystal that has a second generation tip sitting atop an older generation crystal. Typically this second generation is larger than the first. This habit of quartz is common from the Chibuku Mine.
The dimensions of this crystal specimen are 2 x 2 x 6.8 cm.
4 × 4 × 6 in
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Vanadinite from the small ‘Orange Crush’ Pocket, Mibladen, Khenifra Province, Morocco, mined in April of 2016. This pocket had orange to brownish-red crystals with a lustrous metallic chatoyancy, and uncommon stepped crystal form. The next Mineralogical Record is set to have an article about this exceptional, very small find. Measures 3.3 x 3 x 2.6 cm.