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RM2013   Anatase with quartz

Moro Quarry, Oteruelo de la Valduerna, Santiago de Millas, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Druse of small quartz crystals, some doubly terminated, partially covered by white kaolinite. Peppered by several anatase crystals, with dipyramidal faces, truncated by basal pinacoid. Very sharp, translucent and with a toasted honey tone. Very aesthetic and rare in the market.
It is interesting to say that recent analysis of the reddish ashlars of the Torre Nueva (New Tower) of the Astorga cathedral indicated that these building materials were extracted from this Cantera del Moro during XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

Size: 6 × 4.5 × 3.7 cm
Main crystal: 2 mm