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TitleRose quartz
DescriptionRose quartz, SiO2 (silicon dioxide), is opaque to translucent macrocrystalline quartz of pink to rose-red color. It normally occurs in the cores of large pegmatites as solid masses of rose colored quartz whose individual crystals have poorly formed boundaries. The color of rose quartz is still not completely understood. It has been said to be due to a number of different minor impurities present including titanium, manganese and even colloidal gold.
LocationMadagascar. Near Antisirabe.
PhotographerDarla Sondrol. 2002-03-22.
CollectionWard’s Classroom Collection of Gem Minerals #14.
Key wordsrose quartz, Malagasy Republic
Tech details250 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number2521