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Iris Quartz aka Rainbow / Iridescent

Iris Quartz aka Rainbow / Iridescent

In 1950 Dr. C.V. Raman (father of Raman Spectroscopy) published the discovery of a colorless Quartz that exhibits adularescence, or iridescence. It occurs in druse veins emplaced in basalts, and it has also been discovered in Argentina on the slopes of a volcano. Jack has found a good source for very fine specimens from India, and we now offer them on this website.

We call it Iris Quartz, but it's also sold as Rainbow Quartz, Iridescent Quartz and "Anandalite" (a marketing term).

It is difficult to capture all the colors that a specimen displays in a photo. Rest assured that these specimens will show neon color in nearly all the crystals on a specimen, changing as the specimen is viewed from different angles. The colors are due to polysynthetic twinning in the crystal; and this is not the same as interference pattern rainbows seen in fractures of clear quartz. The cause of this structure in basalt related quartz has not been determined.

Amethyst discovered by Jack Lowell in Uruguayan Basalts exhibits this optical phenomenon and is named Lowell Effect Amethyst by the Gemological Institute of America.

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Iris / Rainbow Quartz
Item: a576
Locality: Mahdya Pradesh, India
L: 3.00in
W: 2.00in
H: 1.50in
Weight: 80.00g
Dazzling neon lights on all the Quartz crystals that form this stalactite from India.  Much better in person, the crystal faces go neon green and some orange colors depending on the light direction.  This specimen is the rare AAA grade of Iris / Rainbow Quartz.  The individual crystals show up even in a low light room as electric lights. As good as it gets. 
$255.00
Iris / Rainbow Quartz
Item: 9603
Locality: Madhya Pradesh, India
L: 4.25in
W: 3.25in
H: 3.00in
Weight: 0.00g
Outstanding specimen of Iris / Rainbow Quartz with vibrant flashes of every color appearing over the majority of crystals.   This material is extremely difficult to photograph. Click link for video : https://www.instagram.com/p/CMU6nN0hIZb/?igshid=12rz4od1dn9ii
$325.00
Iris / Rainbow Quartz
Item: a514
Locality: Madhya Pradesh, India
L: 7.00in
W: 3.50in
H: 3.00in
Weight: 0.00g
Fantastic specimen of Iris / Rainbow Quartz, with great color-play and aesthetic stalactite formation.
$325.00
Iris / Rainbow Quartz
Item: 9279
Locality: Madhya Pradesh, India
L: 2.75in
W: 2.00in
H: 1.50in
Weight: 0.00g
Exceptional Iris / Rainbow Quartz with vivid flashes of full-spectrum color, in aesthetic "flower" composition.   One of our very best. This material is incredibly difficult to photograph, and always better in person.   posted
$225.00
Iris / Rainbow Quartz
Item: b323
Locality: Madhya Pradesh, India
L: 2.25in
W: 1.75in
H: 1.75in
Weight: 0.00g
Iris / Rainbow Quartz with flashes of color all through out.   This material is extremely difficult to photograph and is always more impressive in person.   DW
$95.00
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