Smoky Elestial with Laterite and Iron
Measures Approximately: 3" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/4"
Weighs Approximately: 15.8 oz
This is a beautiful elestial with lots going on. I loved the size of it as it looks like a bit of a mountain range than a single point.
Smoky quartz is a brown to black variety of quartz. According to current theories exposure to natural underground radiation causes trace amounts of trivalent aluminum (Al3+) to replace some of its silicon. This change in its crystal structure creates its color. The name has changed slightly over time. Many historical sources called it “smoked quartz” instead, after its resemblance to smoke cured foods. Since natural irradiated color develops slowly below certain temperatures, smoky quartz tends to be found in specific environments like higher elevations where it had time to slowly darken.
Laterite is a metal rich clay produced by the weathering of rocks in hot and wet environments. While certain components get washed away over time, less soluble ones like iron, nickel, and magnesium are concentrated instead. Laterite is typically colored red by iron oxides like hematite. The name comes from the Latin later (“brick”) since the clay is sometimes used as a building material.
Iron (Fe) included in quartz is ferruginous, colored red, yellow, or brownish orange by iron oxides like hematite and limonite. It may be natural or heated to enhance the color by reducing its water content like carnelian. The name is derived from the Greek haimatoeides (“resembling blood”).