Large Quartz sphere from the Itremo massif of Madagascar. Artisans have created the enormous sized sphere. Polishing by hand a considerably sized boulder of Quartz sometimes referred to as Rock crystal; must is an immense task, one requiring a high degree of technical skill and dedication. A magnificent addition to a world of interiors the Quartz sphere's great size making this crystal globe highly prised, excellent quality and unique with its fingerprint timeline which can be seen throughout the clear to translucent ball.
An exceptionally sized handcrafted statement orb hosts a unique quality and size of silica-based Quartz which formed millions of years ago in a pocket within the earth. Terrestrial movements and high-temperature water sediments forced through layers of strata creating the necessary elements to enable the Quartz to form, as seen in the photographs. Quartz prized since antiquity, early man fashioned Quartz tools, American Indians fashioned points and in more modern times in many different applications, artificially grown for commercial use, naturally grown Quartz extracted from the earth’s oven deposits is becoming more scarce, the organic crystals are a finite resource.
Quartz has intrigued the human race for millennia, second only to diamond in its clarity and hardness. Far East Quartz or Rock crystals have been sort after for thousands of years, for its carving stability and many beautiful objects, like ice sculptures have been created from antiquity by the great artists.
Determining the age of Quartz minerals is a fickle process as crystals grow in environments of absolute pressures, heat and with specific chemical elements in cavities of the earth, these crystals expand and fill holes. When the situation changes for various reasons, the crystals may stop growing. At what point the crystal started to grow or stops its growth cycle is undeterminable. In prehistory Quartz through deposition of minerals through hydro-thermal process’s was formed in this region, temperatures of nearly six hundred degrees and higher are needed for the crystal to build.
Quartz laid down in the late Palaeozoic era, hundreds of million years ago, created the Quartz vein. Quartz is a very hard mineral and has been admired from prehistory for its similarities to diamond when cut and polished.