HIMALAYAN RUTILATED QUARTZ ALBITE
An amazing cluster of Himalayan Rutilated Quartz Albite from high in the Nepalese Himalayas. A great, rustic cluster with several perfect crystals with inclusions of minerals, rutile, chlorite and perhaps others. The matrix on this piece is feldspar and chlorite. There is a broken crystal on the cluster. An amazing example of Nepali quartz, we source our crystals direct from Nepali miners.
Dhading District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal
9cm x 7.5cm x 4cm, 209g.
Chlorite: (Fe, Mg, Al)6(Si, Al)4O10(OH)8.
Chlorite is a general name for several minerals that are difficult to distinguish by ordinary methods. 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.
The general formula for Chlorite is (Fe, Mg, Al)6(Si, Al)4O10(OH)8. 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. In order to see a list of most of the Chlorite group minerals with their respective formula.
If pure, quartz forms colorless, transparent and very hard crystals with a glass like luster. Today it leads technology being the main component of transistors which make our computers work and solar panels.
Albite: NaAlSi3 O8.
Albite is the last of the Feldspars to crystallise from molten rock. The process of crystallisation from a molten rock isolates rarer elements in the last stages. Then produces the rarer mineral species. Albite is often found with lovely rare and beautiful minerals. Although usually not an exceptional collection mineral in itself, Albite can be a nice accessory mineral to other mineral species. A variety associated with tourmaline is called Cleavelandite and forms extremely thin, platy, white and sometimes very transparent crystals.
Rutile is one of the five forms of titanium dioxide found in nature. Titanium is three times stronger than steel. Weighing only 42% as much as Steel, making it a stronger and lighter metal. It is chemically inert under normal conditions, enabling its use in medical implants such as pacemakers. This non corrosive metal is able to withstand temperature extremes up to 1800 degrees C and has great strength. An outstanding high tech metal with amazing properties.