Rare Quartz Specimen from the Rist Mine in Hiddenite, NC
Although we specialize in Madagascan materials, our home state of North Carolina itself has amazing minerals. We are showcasing some special quartz from the former Rist Mine in Hiddenite, North Carolina. Famous for its gem quality emeralds, it is now known as the North American Emerald Mine (NAEM). It also produces the rare mineral hiddenite, the green variety of spodumene, cousin to the more familiar pink kunzite.
Both the emerald and hiddenite there are found inside pockets of quartz crystals. The quartz can be water clear, smoky, or citrine and often displays interesting growth like a tapered tessin habit, more popularly known as “laser point quartz”, reverse scepters, an additional point growing on a larger one, and “record keepers”, raised structures on the faces of a point, often triangular.
Quartz from the mines around Hiddenite is sold in the metaphysical community under a protected trademarked name. When I asked for an alternative in our reading, I was told “Metatronite”, after the archangel Metatron. While we try to avoid super "wooey" names, both the quartz and angel are associated with spiritual ascension, esoteric information like the Akashic records, and one's personal relationship to the Divine. So it works. Because it grows with emeralds and hiddenite, it is additionally thought to be imprinted with their energies, connected to abundance, love, and well being.
This particular piece is an intergrowth of several natural smoky crystals. Two of the points have small reverse scepters on them. The bottom and some patches on the top retain some of the original ochre iron oxide coating. Other areas have silvery green mica and tiny red to black fragmented rutile. The crystals are mostly undamaged except for a break along the bottom edge, likely the contact point with the host rock.
This quartz cluster weighs approximately 2.38 lbs. and measures approximately 2 1/2" X 6 1/4" X 4 1/2".