Smoky Quartz Point

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Lot 3298
Smoky Quartz Point

Sold for US$ 17,625 inc. premium

Natural History

5 Jun 2005, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Smoky Quartz Point
Govenador Valadares , Minas Gerais, Brazil
In February of 2000, excavators who were searching for aquamarine in the famous Minas Gerais region came upon a thin area of stone (primitive methods of searching for crystal-bearing cavities in the region include tapping on the Earth’s rocky surface to detect hollow chambers beneath.) To their astonishment, upon breaking through the surface, an immense cave with a treasure trove of smoky quartz crystals met their eyes. Dubbed the Pocket de Venancio crystals, the specimens are some of the most important smoky quartz crystals ever discovered. The present example represents one of the Pocket de Venancio specimens exhibiting the greatest clarity. Its highly desirable deep smoky color and exceptional clarity are enhanced by five polished faces, expertly executed by Belo Horizonte studios of Malibu, California. Measures 25 inches in length.
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