Quartz with Calcite on Matrix
DI 2-8, March 2003
Zederhaus, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria
This is one of my favorite pieces from this find. The combination of the crystals and their aesthetic composition make this specimen special: the piece is crystallized as an undamaged floater specimen. The green schist matrix shows a dramatic distortion with cracks that gives witness to the pressure to which this cleft was exposed. Several generations of quartz crystals grow on the matrix. The smallest generation measures just a millimeter. Another generation measures about two centimeter. Between these generations, individual brown, shiny calcites have grown and, as a highlight, individual large quartz crystals have also grown. These primary crystals in turn show different growth. In the lower area there is a gwindel-like, clearly twisted double terminated quartz with a length of 6.8 cm. There are also various doubly terminated crystals. The largest crystal sits at the top - like a king on his throne - and is also double terminated.
Size: 22 x 14 x 9 cm