Species: Quartz var. Smoky, Microcline, Albite
Locality: Devil’s Head, Douglas County, Colorado USA
Dimensions: 27 x 15 x 14.5 cm.
Devil’s Head, a collection of rugged crags and hills formed out of Pikes Peak Granite, is a familiar landmark on the western horizon from the Denver, Colorado area and is also a well-known and popular mineral locality where generations of collectors have searched for miarolitic crystal pockets containing fine specimens of smoky quartz, microcline var. amazonite, topaz, fluorite and more. This is a superb large smoky quartz specimen for the locality, featuring lustrous, jet-black crystals to over 15 x 12 cm on a matrix of crystallized microcline and albite. There is one repair to the matrix that could easily be re-done, and one very small chip to a corner of the largest smoky quartz termination. A great large smoky quartz of unusual quality and size for this classic Colorado locality, from old finds. Displays great! Annette Slade photo.