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Quartz with Molybdenite Phantoms - Architectural Minerals & Stone


Quartz is the most common mineral in the world, accounting for the bulk of sand around the world, as well as being a key component in a variety of common rocks. Every once in a while however, it does something special.

This piece is from a very small find in 2004, displaying multiple molybdenite “phantoms,” or internal outlines of the quartz crystal’s form within the body of the main crystal. Such phantoms are formed by the deposition of a secondary mineral, in this case gray molybdenite, on the surface of the quartz, which is then followed by a continuation of the quartz crystal’s growth. The end result is that the molybdenite that once peppered the external surface of the quartz becomes encased within the growing crystal, leaving the appearance of a phantom crystal within it. Through multiple cycles of growth and deposition, multiple phantoms are left behind.
28H x 18W x 13D cm

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