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Nov 18th, 2011 at 8:26pm
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This is a fantastic example of the well known Diamond Hill "skeletal quartz" from a recent find at this location.  The black coating is manganese and iron oxides -- painted by the earth herself.  This specimen, however, seems to be a hybrid mix of "artichoke" and "sprouting" quartz growth forms.

8 x 6 x 6 cm
  

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Reply #1 - Nov 18th, 2011 at 9:10pm
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Nice group of crystals! Cheesy
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 19th, 2011 at 9:22am
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Beautiful picture, Scott.
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 25th, 2011 at 11:24pm
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Here is a specimen that contains crystals with yellow phantoms.
  

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Reply #4 - Dec 13th, 2011 at 8:15pm
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Two DH specimens in my collection.
  

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Reply #5 - Dec 14th, 2011 at 10:48pm
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Scott your photos are fantastic!!!
Thats those hybrids ones we worked at in that top vein...sweet photos man!
  
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Reply #6 - Dec 23rd, 2011 at 9:45am
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This was a geode like cavity found in the pit at the Diamond Hill Prospect.
  

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Reply #7 - Jan 2nd, 2012 at 4:20pm
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I believe angled sunlight give a better representation of this specimen I posted earlier in this thread.
  

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Reply #8 - Jan 4th, 2012 at 9:28pm
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Another classic DH "skeletal" cluster.
  

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Reply #9 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 6:22pm
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Two angles of a particular plate with cactus quartz sprouting in the middle of it.
20 x 19 x 6 cm
  

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Reply #10 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 6:26pm
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Not the best example of amethyst on matrix, but I felt it needed recording.
12 x 9 x 7 cm
  

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Reply #11 - Jul 28th, 2012 at 10:53pm
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Great pics, Scott, All of them. Thanks.
Nice assortment from DH. Love the color in that last amethyst
matrix piece.
I've heard the "cactus" quartz formation also called "spirit"
quartz. Are they different names for the same formation?
Hmmmm......? Wink
  
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Reply #12 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 11:43pm
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Yes, exactly, different names for the same form.  In fact we can call this one skeletal spirit cactus quartz.   Cheesy
  

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Reply #13 - Sep 1st, 2012 at 8:30pm
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To demonstrate the Iron/Magnesium coating found on many of the crystals from Diamond Hill I left the patina on this specimen.
  

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Reply #14 - Sep 1st, 2012 at 8:32pm
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A small plate of amethyst with hints of smoky as well.
9 x 6 x 3.5 cm
  

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