5.8" Smoky Citrine Crystal Cluster - Lwena, Congo

This gorgeous smoky quartz/citrine specimen is from the Congo in Africa.

The primary difference between citrine and smoky quartz is color; this stone is also often known as smoky citrine due to its yellowish smoky color. This is the natural color it was when found and has not been heat-treated or altered in any way.

Silicon Dioxide, also know as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Smoky quartz is a grey-brown to black variety of quartz. This common name is derived from from the appearance of smoke within the quartz crystal. Dependent on the location and the chemicals present during formation, smoky quartz can appear opaque black, however it’s typically translucent to some extent. It’s believed that the quartz gains this color from a combination of natural irradiation and aluminum impurities.

Quartz var. Citrine/Smoky
Lwena, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
5.8 x 3.4"