Locality : Papachacra, El Portezuelo Granite, Belen Department, Catamarca, Argentina
Dimensions: 9.2 cm x 6.8 cm x 6.4 cm.
A matrix of tan albite is the host for a magnificent smoky quartz crystal, 8.3 cm in length. The quartz is dark black, glassy and gemmy and has a central termination surrounded by parallel growth crystals, giving it a cityscape appearance. This is a textbook example of a fine, pristine, smoky quartz specimen. Rarely do you get them in this size range, for some reason they are usually either smaller and slender, or bigger and fatter (with often, more damage). A superb piece from this new find.