Titanium Wash Over Quartz

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."





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    Really fascinating.
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  • hReka 7y

    interesting and amazing.... :D
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  • Murfomurf 7y

    How interesting- I daresay a lot of this is done for jewellery manufacture... Love the colours and lines- on Explore.
  • Aila Hokkanen 7y

    wow what a shot, amazing colors. I got an interest in jewelleries.
  • cobalt123 7y

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Yes, I do believe that jewelry is the primary use for this heat treatment of small crystals.
  • Chris Altunis 7y

    Awesome shot! Great Work!
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  • Bob Brown 7y

    Stricking shot, fasinating colour.
  • María José Carmona 7y

    The focus and colours are so good!!!
  • mario 7y

    great one!
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    Fantastic colors and focus!!!
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  • J.B. McKoy 7y

    Incredible colors, neat perspective shot! Thanks for the information as well.
  • Crestine Hauser Photography 6y

    love it--gorgeous!
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  • Cristina 6y

    So beautiful!
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Taken on January 26, 2008
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