Titanium Wash Over Quartz

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    Heat-treated quartz crystals, a beautiful specimen showing the crystal structure of this small specimen. This piece is about 1 1/2" long. Sometimes crystals are treated with heat and also a chemical wash to bring out different qualities needed for manufacturing or gemology.

    One description of the heat treatment for crystal specimens:
    "Heat Treatment

    Heat treatment or 'annealing' is done using a combination of chemicals (beryllium, borax, lead, tantalum) and heat to permanently alter a stone's color. Heating or "cooking" the stone is done at temperatures ranging from 450º to 1850º Celsius for a period of 2 to 12 hours or more. One telltale sign of heat-treatment is the presence of small fractures or "decrepitation feather" within the stone that appear around natural mineral inclusions."

    www.khulsey.com/jewelry/gemstone_enhancement.html

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    1. erthsister 76 months ago | reply

      Really fascinating.

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    4. hReka 76 months ago | reply

      interesting and amazing.... :D
      love it -> thanx

    5. Murfomurf 76 months ago | reply

      How interesting- I daresay a lot of this is done for jewellery manufacture... Love the colours and lines- on Explore.

    6. AilaFinland 76 months ago | reply

      wow what a shot, amazing colors. I got an interest in jewelleries.

    7. cobalt123 76 months ago | reply

      Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Yes, I do believe that jewelry is the primary use for this heat treatment of small crystals.

    8. ChrisFace. 76 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot! Great Work!

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    11. Ferry Bob 76 months ago | reply

      Stricking shot, fasinating colour.

    12. Glauka. [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

      The focus and colours are so good!!!

    13. mRio 76 months ago | reply

      great one!

    14. Jorben Photography 75 months ago | reply

      Fantastic colors and focus!!!

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    16. thebutterflyguy 73 months ago | reply

      Incredible colors, neat perspective shot! Thanks for the information as well.

    17. A.W.A.N 60 months ago | reply


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    18. worldisnice 60 months ago | reply

      So beautiful!

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