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Gold In Smoky Quartz

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Gold In Smoky Quartz

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Locality: 
Jequitinhonha River, Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Size Range: 
Cabinet (10-18 cm)
Size: 
10.2 × 4.6 × 3.6 cm
Description

Sometimes you can be soo lucky ... I found this unusual specimen unnoticed in a 'tourist' rock shop in Mainz some years ago. I saw the big gold inclusion (a crystallized sheet of about 0.3 cm) immediately. Later I discovered some more tiny gold grains. And all in phantom smoky quartz crystals. I've never before seen something like this. The quartz crystals have a few little dings and show minor edge wear.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Gold

Formula: 
Au
Strunz: 
1.AA.05
Crystal System: 
Isometric
Hardness: 
2.5 - 3.0

Smoky Quartz

Variety Of: 

Quartz

Formula: 
SiO2
Strunz: 
4.DA.05
Hardness: 
7.0
Formula: 
SiO2
Hardness: 
0.0

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