Charlie Key Oranje River Quartz Collection



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CKORQTZ-01 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

large cabinet, 18.4 x 14.6 x 12.1 cm
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THIS IS A VERY LARGE PIECE! It has a lustrous smoky quartz overgrowth on a nest of rather equant, lustrous and translucent, lavender-colored amethyst crystals. The largest smoky crystal measures 11.0 cm in length. This large specimen is remarkably free of damage, having only some minor contact points on the nesting crystals at the base of the big smokies. The crystallization is shockingly 3-D and 360-degrees. Though the piece is not repaired, the smaller of teh two major crystals was wiggly, and thus Charlie anchored it with a wad of epoxy around its base (not visible unless you hold the piece up and look underneath, anyhow), but I priced this as if it were repaired to be on the fair side. When this specimen is more strongly backlit, it exhibits its rich color of hues of red and lavender.


CKORQTZ-02 - Quartz with Hematite - AUS$ 2251
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 10.4 x 8.0 x 5.1 cm
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A milky white quartz crystal has been overgrown by a generation of parallel growth, translucent, hematite included, brownish-red, quartz. The largest of the secondary crystals measures 1.5 cm in length. The color contrast is striking and it LOOKS complex, even though its only a simple pattern repeated endlessly! The net effect is really like no other here, visually. Complete around hte front and right side, contacted in back.


CKORQTZ-03 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 9.4 x 9.4 x 8.2 cm
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This aesthetic specimen is composed of two large, colorless and translucent quartz crystals. A second generation of hematite-included, gemmy quartz, gives this specimen a lovely glow and slight surface coloration. The larger of the two crystals measures 10.0 cm in length. Complete all around, 360-degree displayable!


CKORQTZ-04 - Quartz var. Amethyst - AUS$ 1632
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 11.5 x 11.4 x 7.3 cm
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RARE FOR THE LOCALITY, this is an INTENSE amethyst specimen with sharp crystals on quartz matrix. Most unusual to get on matrix! These lustrous, rather equant, amethyst crystals are to 6.0 cm in length, complexly intergrown. There is no major damage to the core area, beyond a few trivial dings to secondary crystals. There is some minor edge wear here and there; and peripheral damage around the edges of the specimen, though it is relatively minor in context. The color is intense enough to be called "Siberian", and is really striking and beautiful aside from its significance for the locality - where amethyst of such hue is rare.


CKORQTZ-05 - Quartz (floater) - AUS$ 1013
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 10.6 x 10.0 x 3.3 cm
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A bizarre specimen! A glassy, colorless to milky quartz crystal has been selectively overgrown by a second generation of quartz. The overgrowth is colored brown by included flakes of disseminated hematite but ONLY on the front faces of the crystal and only on the prism faces of the termination. Fascinating for contrast and the sharpness of the separation of color! The back side is a normal style with no inclusions, and is complete all around. It is a floater, with no matrix attachment point. Seems flat on the screen but is really mesmerizing in person


CKORQTZ-06 - Amethyst on Quartz - AUS$ 1520
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 11.3 x 7.6 x 7.5 cm
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This matrix specimen features about a dozen rather equant, glassy amethyst crystals, to 2.5 cm across. They are "cute" , just perched amidst a nest of clear quartz so smartly. Some of the pristine amethyst crystals are doubly-terminated ; others have formed scepters. The deepest lavender color is centered at the terminations, which has resulted in formation of internal zones and "phantoms." A really fine combination piece, and amethyst is fairly uncommon at this locality as isolated crystals on matrix such as we see here.


CKORQTZ-07 - Quartz with Hematite-included Sceptre - AUS$ 1013
Oranje River, Namibia

small cabinet, 7.7 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm
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This dramatic sceptered quartz crystal has a milky stem sprinkled with hematite specks. A second generation of hematite inclusions has permeated the superb and well developed sceptre head on this specimen. In fact, a close inspection reveals individual hematite flakes within. It is very 3-dimensional and complete all around. Not your every day scepter!


CKORQTZ-08 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 12.4 x 9.8 x 5.8 cm
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I truly love this dramatic matrix cluster of elongated quartz scepters to 4 inches in height. Extended, colorless stalks give way to glassy, shortened terminal scepters that are lustrous and sharp; and have depth to them caused by the complex layered inclusions of hematite within. Most unusual, are the phantoms created by stems extending into the scepters. A later generation of hematite inclusions has given this specimen a taupe color atop the stalks, contrasting with the darker tips. These crystals reach 10.5 cm in length. Simply, a superb display specimen! It is complete all around on the major crystals, front and back, except for only minor peripheral contact around the base, one small broken crystal near the base; and on the backside a single broken smaller crystal. There is a very, very tight and clean repair about the midpoint that was unknown even to Charlie, hard to spot (but this was priced down accordingly from $2500, even so).


CKORQTZ-09 - Quartz with Hematite - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

small cabinet, 9.3 x 8.7 x 4.5 cm
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The two-toned effect of the quartz crystals in this cluster is aesthetic and unusual. Originally, the crystals had a milky core and a gemmy termination. A later coating of hematite has given the stems a light tan color while the terminations are still gemmy. The longest crystal is 7.5 cm and at the interface of the stem and termination is a superb phantom!


CKORQTZ-10 - Quartz var. Amethyst included with Hematite - AUS$ 2195
Oranje River, Namibia

cabinet, 11.6 x 8.5 x 7.4 cm
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This is on its own merits a gorgeous multicolored specimen has matrix of massive quartz as the host for a cluster of discrete, extremely sharp , prismatic quartz crystals. It is also ILLUSTRATED IN THE NAMIBIAN MINERALS MAGNUM OPUS, by Rainer Bode, page 734. Internally the crystals are gemmy, and color ranges from colorless to amethyst-purple. A later generation of growth contains rich hematite inclusions, with an unusually rich reddish-brown color and superb luster. This combination has embodied these crystals with incredible colors. The largest crystal measures 7.0 cm in length. No damage to the display face! It is also MUCH more eye-poppingly 3-dimensional in person. There is only a contact to the last crystal on the far left, on the back of the display face; and a tiny Wilber on the back side of the termination of the largest crystal. It is large, and has great visual presence.


CKORQTZ-12 - Quartz - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

miniature, 5.7 x 2.6 x 2.3 cm
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I LOVE this sceptre! It is just "special" when seen in person, so sparkly and subtly complex. Secondary included hematite has colored the stem of this scepter a light rose color. This contrasts beautifully with the lustrous and gemmy termination, which has a distinct smoky color with a hint of amethyst. All around, a tertiary growth of flat quartz crystals sparkles!


CKORQTZ-13 - Quartz - AUS$ 394
Oranje River, Namibia

small cabinet, 8.0 x 7.2 x 6.8 cm
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An original core of a milky quartz crystal has been remade by a second generation of gemmy, hematite included quartz. In fact, the color and luster is different for the prism faces, being rose colored and matte luster, from the terminal, bi-pyramidal faces, glassy and smoky colored. The large crystal, 7.5 cm in length, is wreathed by smaller and similar versions. IN person, its very complex and interesting.


CKORQTZ-14 - Quartz with phantoms - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

miniature, 5.4 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
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In this sceptered quartz crystal, the colorless stem changes to a purple, gemmy, termination, where selected faces have disseminated inclusions of hematite, turning two of the faces brown against an amethystine background color


CKORQTZ-15 - Quartz - AUS$ 844
Oranje River, Namibia

small cabinet, 5.9 x 4.1 x 2.3 cm
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A translucent, milky crystal of quartz, has been coated and infused by finely dispersed hematite. A second generation of glassy, reddish-brown, doubly-terminated crystals, to 1.75 cm in length, has formed on the original crystal in parallel growth. Pristine save for the tiniest of little dings atop, hard to spot really. The overall form and color are superb! A beautiful , really unusual crystal of quarttz for any locality. It is complete all around, front and back, though a bit rough in texture on teh rear.


CKORQTZ-16 - Quartz - SOLD
Oranje River, Namibia

miniature, 4.7 x 2.9 x 2.8 cm
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In this tightly grouped quartz cluster, all except the smallest crystal, are sceptered. The gemmy crystals, to 4.0 cm in length are a combination of amethyst and smoky quartz. The two largest crystals have tiny "dings" on their terminal faces, but overall this specimen is really interesting.



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