Red Quartz

Tinejdad, Er Rachidia Province (Errachidia Province), Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet, 10.8 x 7.7 x 6.1 cm
Start Time: 09/15/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/22/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

This attractive and richly colored display specimen comes from a discovery in 2017. Once these gorgeous Quartz specimens hit the market, , they have been labeled by various dealers on the market with several varietal names including Ferruginous Quartz, Red Quartz, "Hematoid" Quartz / Hematite Quartz, Eisenkiesel, and I'm sure there are more. The material is essentially Quartz that has been colored completely or nearly completely red by inclusions of iron oxide, most likely Hematite or possibly Goethite. The locality near Tinejdad (I'm told it's the Tarya Mine) has produced some superb examples of these beautiful Quartz specimens with robust crystals, larger size display pieces and that intense stark red color. This specimen has a fantastic uniformly brick red color on the display side, and the underside of the piece shows the original Quartz crystals (before the introduction of the iron oxide), which show a slightly smoky hue. The habit of the crystals is elongated hexagonal prisms, and the largest crystal measures 5.2 cm long. The piece is in good shape overall, with only a few small contacts, and it's understandably not complete around the periphery where it was detached from the surrounding part of the pocket. If you're a Quartz collector and you don't have one of these in your collection, don't miss out. They are beautiful display specimens with a pleasing color, and pieces like this one were few and far between from what we were able to select. If you collect Moroccan minerals, you have to have one of these in your collection. Priced at $950 in the inventory.