HIMALAYAN CHLORITE QUARTZ
A beautiful crystal of sought after Nepalese Himalayan Chlorite Quartz. Quartz Crystals with Chlorite throughout. One large double terminated needle quartz crystal with a few other attached attempting to form a star cluster. Mounted on a perspex pad. Chlorites are popular with healers and collectors alike for their healing and physical properties and rarity. We source our crystals directly from the miners.
Dhading District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal.
7cm x 3.3cm x 2.9cm, 6g.
Iron Aluminum Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide
(Fe, Mg, Al)6(Si, Al)4O10(OH)8.
General name for several minerals that are difficult to distinguish by ordinary methods Chlorite. These minerals are all apart of the Chlorite Group of minerals. The Chlorites are often, but not always considered a subset of the larger silicate group, The clays. There are several different minerals that are apart of the Chlorite group of minerals. The above formula is only a generalization of the more common members of this group.
Chlorites are generally green and crystallize in the monoclinic symmetry system. They all have a basal cleavage due to their stacked structure. However Chlorites also form large individual tabular to platy crystals that are unlike most of the other clay minerals.
Interesting is the formation of a Phantom inclusion inside a Quartz crystal. This happens when Chlorite coats a Quartz crystal the the Quartz crystal continues to grow. Many times the interior “crystal” is indistinct or ghostly and thus the name phantom. There is also a beautiful moss green formation which looks amazing under magnification. Chlorite needles are interesting and tend to grow in a star cluster form, used for thousands of years as a tattoo needle. For some reason the Quartz crystals tend to form more sharper points and slender bodies.
The local experts tell me that the Chlorite acts like an acid and eats away at the quartz whist forming. This is why some Chlorite formations look eroded.
Color is usually green but can also be white, yellow, red, lavender and black.
Luster is vitreous, dull or pearly.
Transparency: Crystals are translucent transparent.
Crystal System is monoclinic; 2/m.
Crystal Habits: Rarely in large individual barrel or tabular crystals with an hexagonal outline. Usually found as alteration products of iron-magnesium minerals and as inclusions in other minerals. Aggregates can be scaly, compact, platy and as crusts.
Cleavage is perfect in one direction, basal; not seen in massive specimens.
Fracture is lamellar.
Hardness is 2 – 3
Specific Gravity is variable from 2.6 – 3.4.
Streak is pal green to gray or brown.
Other Characteristics: Cleavage flakes are flexible but not elastic.
Include garnets, biotite, quartz, magnetite, talc, serpentine, danburite, topaz and calcite, among many others.
Notable Occurrences include Transvaal, South Africa; Zermatt, Switzerland; Guleman, Turkey; Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, Brewster, New York; San Benito Co., California, USA and many other locallities world wide.
Best Field Indicators color, cleavage, associations and crystal habits.