|quartz area from the northwest side of the quarry|
Back to narrowing up my access road. This time I chose the opposite side and after moving some material a large area of quartz started to show up. This was encouraging at least to me as it was the largest mass of quartz I had seen in the Havey since I had started. It had been mentioned that quartz was an good sign so I took some time and did a closer look. I could see some cookeite and it was time to bring out the hammer drill and start breaking apart the quartz to see if there was any hidden treasures inside. It was breaking apart pretty good and then the hammer broke through into a pocket and things slowed down. I put the big hammer away and then started to approach the area with a little more tenderness. As I slowly enlarged the opening and reached my hand in I could feel the smooth crystal face of the crystal. Pulling out the lose quartz and feldspar that was around it I finally pulled out my first smoky quartz crystal from a pocket. It was very exciting. The remainder of the pocket contained a mixture of quartz shards, feldspar, cookeite, and muscovite pieces. There was also some milky quartz and several more poorly formed smokies. This pocket turned out to be about the size of a volley ball.
|Quartz area with cookeite. Surrounded by feldspar and schorl|
|One of the first quartz pockets. You can see the beginning of a smoky quartz crystal in the hole on the left. Notice the contact with the feldspar and quartz.|
This particular area of quartz I worked off and on over a couple of months. There were several more pockets that had some nice smokies.Almost all of these pockets had one nice smoky at the top(although sometimes it would be heavily damaged and then would have a mixture as listed above. Along with the pockets there were many small vugs that would hold a crystal or two although these were usually smaller crystals. There were many crystal faces along the seems that were discarded because of the poor quality. Some of the smokies had a clear apatite druse covering parts of the crystal faces. Below are a couple of smoky quartz that came out of the first quartz pod.
|two views of the same smoky quartz crystal |
overall dimensions are 16cm x 12cm
|two views of the same same smoky quartz crystal |
overall dimensions are 9cm x 10cm
note: clear apatite druse on bottom crystal