Arkansas Clusters

Arkansas crystals are amongst the most treasured gem-like minerals in the world. They are mined from the outskirts of Little Rock to the western border near Oklahoma.

Clear crystal points and clusters were mined here for thousands of years by Native Americans. Modern commercial production began in the 1800's, and some of the remaining families have been digging in the region for almost 150 years. The mines are fairly small, measured in a few acres, with concentrated crystal deposits that run in veins in the ground. Many of the crystals are dug intact, with no breakage or chips. This is remarkable, since all these glassy gems are originally obscured by mud, practically invisible during the mining process.
Experienced miners can guide the crystals through an intricate digging and cleaning process, to wind up as the world's shiniest natural sculptures.
The clean, glossy surfaces of Arkansas quartz allows us to enjoy their internal and external beauty with no polishing needed.
These crystals are seldom cut, faceted or polished, as they need no man-made improvements. Sizes range from an inch up to 5-ton clusters or larger! The clear crystals may contain misty air or water bubbles, green chlorite clay layers, red or orange hematite, gray manganese phantoms, blue phantoms or occasionally smoky tan quartz. Old rumors indicate that one amethyst crystal and one rutile crystal were once dug in Arkansas. The rarest of the rare!

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