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in #minerals2 years ago
It has been quite a while since I wrote about any of my crystals and stones, with all the posting about barns, coins, silver, and all the other things about which I find to write. So, here again is another crystal from my collection! I have had this one so long, I honestly don't remember exactly when it came to me, but it was sometime between 2001 and 2004, so it has been with me a long while, definitely.

This is quartz crystal. Quartz has the chemical formula SiO4, being composed of a blend of silicon and oxygen atoms, and is "the second most abundant mineral in Earth's continental crust, behind feldspar." [4] Yet, crystals this beautiful and so finely-formed are still unique and stunning.

This particular crystal is clear as glass in the top section, near the termination (the name for the "point" at the top) and slowly becomes milky as one looks towards the bottom of the crystal. The white material that comprises the "milk" is silicon that never quite made it into crystalline form by bonding with oxygen, and could be composed of solid particles and perhaps some trapped liquid particles as well.

The lovely golden-brown patch (very prominent in the first photo) is included material of a different type, perhaps some ferrous/iron material that happened to be in the vicinity where the crystal formed and became enclosed within. It adds quite a pretty pairing against the white of the quartz.

I think of this as my "Phoenix Crystal" because the wisps of white inclusions are rising like streaks from the "fire" of the yellowish-brown patch, reminiscent of the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes in ancient Greek folklore.

On the other side of the crystal from the patch of "fire" is another interesting thing: a long, skinny crystal of another material is completely encased within this quartz crystal! It has a mostly ruddy-brown color, and I am not sure if it is iron or something else. Its appearance within the larger crystal is quite striking, though!

Here is a closer view of the enclosed crystal-within-a-crystal:

In the end, this is a rock. But what a rock! It's amazing to see what Mother Earth cooks in her kitchen, a stew of various minerals, cooked in her kettle at different temperatures, pressures, various conditions... and produces such an amazing array of delicacies for us to enjoy! 😊

This crystal was acquired at a wonderful shop in the Orlando, Florida, area of the US. When I lived in that area (and I hope such is still true), the shop carried a nice selection of crystals and mineral specimens as well as books, music, incense, candles, small statuary, prayer beads, jewelry, clothing, and too many other items to mention! They cater to all things related to spirituality, personal empowerment, and have many mystical and metaphysical offerings. Many of my better mineral specimens and crystals came from there. The place has a very chill-vibe and was a wonderful spot to unwind on Friday evenings after a grueling week in the office. For anyone living in, or visiting, the Orlando area, here is their website: Spiral Circle


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The crystal within a crystal is really something. It seems that the odds would be against something like this happening, but there is the proof!

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The crystal inside the crystal looks at first glance like tourmaline, but it's just my guess. Beautiful view.

Wow! You have an amazing list of posts about crystals! Love it 😍😍

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I've seen many of your barn posts as well as a few of your silver/gold ones... but the crystals is a new one!
Thank you for sharing another of your fascinating interests with us!

A very special piece of rock with interesting inclusion of colours!

Love the name you chose for that beauty! Good to see you on PYPT too, hope everything going smoothly.

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@thekittygirl that is a great specimen. Thanks alot for sharing it with us. Heard this on #pypt

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That is some fantastic crystal!

My little one loves those and will enjoy seeing it when she gets home from school today.

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Wonderful, I have never seen this kind of formation in person, only read in Chemistry loll... Thanks for presenting this beautiful post on #pypt... I hope you are feeling good now... Stay blessed...


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That's a lovely crystal friend! Beautiful share!

I met this post from #pypt (which means I'm behind in keeping up with the people I like to keep up with).

Quartz is, of course, used in timekeeping, for reasons I won't even try to purport to understand.

My family and I used to go "gem mining" in North Carolina (which really means digging through pre-salted buckets of dirt with stones in them) and now have a rather heavy collection of some really neat looking stones, many of which are quartz. They can be really colourful!

That is a rather nice crystal!

Beautiful crystals. Always very nice posts from our resident rockhound, IT expert, and barn historian !

I am happy that you chose to share this post on the #PYPT Podcast yesterday!

Have a great and safe weekend.

I loved your post about crystals. Never knew anything about them. I'll be reading your other posts to learn. They look so beautiful.

I'm a collector of Czech Glass. I've only found 1 piece since I started collecting. Genuine pieces are hard to find.

I look forward to reading your other posts.

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