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 Post subject: Brandberg amethyst smokey quartz crystal secpter specimen
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:47 am 
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Pretty sweet brandberg crystal i have never posted before..very gemmy crystals and a sweet secpter right in the middle
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Tell us a little more about the environment which would produce this sort of specimen. Is it typical of a specific location?


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The brandbergs are from the brandberg mtns. in namibia..from what i understand from my friend, who i picked this up at from his house last week, when he was there he told me that the crystals from in basaltic rocks. They are very very difficult to remove and any of these brandberg crystals on matrix are pretty rare. The local miners don't have the proper tools to remove the crystals attached and just break them off. There is a white guy from South Africa who has a compound in or near the mtns. with the only water around for miles well he has the only ptper tools to remove the best crystals..diamond saws, pneumatic drills, etc.... well he gets the best of the best and sells them at a premium which they are worth in my opinion. The poor "native" miners all just have hand tools so many times crystals are damaged trying to remove them from the super hard rock..if only large machines could get up there..sigh...The crystals come in smokey, ammy, and clear..they often come with both smokey and ammy colors...as you see in this specimen some come sceptered some not..some are skeletal(fentster) some are not..some come with 3 phase inclusions(mud, air, water)some come with movable enhydros. There must have been all kinds of changes in chemical makeup, groundwater infusions, and what have you to make such odd crystals..this one is like bottom of the barrle compared to whats out there....They really are some of the most unique crystals in the entire world and are highly sought after now in the min. world....good single crystals regularly top $20K..what they are really known for is there inclusions..they are an inclusionist(is that a word..inclusionist..if not please mark that one down as my invention so i can copywrite it :lol: )..like I said three phase inclsuions are typical in these crystals..more so with air and solid..some of the crystals i have seen you could stare into and see, as Pliny put it, "worlds in there"..I might have posted some sweet ones before with movable enhydros..if i remember...all of this info is off the top of my head and better info would/could be had by googling it

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Amguy, if that is 'off the TOP of your head', I can't even imagine what we would find down an inch??? :wink:

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:lol: Lyresa, well said.

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You would find a whole bunch of gray/grey goo.."huh..did someone say something..huh" :lol:

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