Quartz
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: White Rock Quarry, near Adelaide, South Australia (state), Australia <br /><br />4 3/8" tall <br /><br />White Rock Quarry is a road metal quarry on the outskirts of Adelaide. The quarry operator discourages removal of quartz crystals from the property.  This has been so since the early 1990's.  Even when field collecting of quartz crystals was permitted, quartz specimens of this quality were very rare or non-existent. I have seen thousands of lesser quality White Rock Quarry quartz specimens in private collections in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.  This specimen is also arguably better than any of the White Rock Quarry quartz specimens on display in the mineral gallery at "The South Australian Museum" in Adelaide.  The well known "Battleship" in the SAM collection is much larger but the termination of the main crystal is damaged.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The McEarl Mine in Garland County, Arkansas, United States is generally thought to be the "bench mark" locality for colorless quartz crystals.  The quartz crystals in this cluster are just as transparent, pristine and esthetic.  Hence, this piece deserves to be at least as valuable as a fine McEarl Mine quartz crystal cluster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Importantly, this specimen displays well from all angles when rotated 360 degrees.  This trait is important to many collectors at the top of the fine mineral specimen market who have the most refined taste.  I consider it to be an important addition to be my sub-collection of Australian mineral specimens.  It would also be an important specimen for any worldwide quartz collector to own. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>
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