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Any ideas about the origin of this formation?

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 I got my hands on a beautiful piece of crystal. No name attached to it and it’s structure is different than usual quarts crystals and it’s harder than calcite and fluorite. Very shiny and bright. Rough and untreated. The lower rock is a rough piece of regular quartz crystal and the upper rock on the picture is the rock I’m describing here. 

asked Oct 13 by Lemurian (570 points)

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Corrundum, maybe? It is known to have those ripple-like folds within it, a sort of strained prismatic structure. It also could be gypsum, but gypsum is soft and if it is harder than calcite, that is unlikely. Could you post a back lit photo?
answered Oct 15 by linkisnotzelda (4,890 points)
The formation looks of metamorphic orgin.
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The lower picture does look like quartz - its got the right form and luster.

The top one, however, looks very similar to the other identifiable material you described previously. I doubt its Corundum. Its luster and striations, and high hardness your described earlier, would likely make it topaz or phenakite.
answered Oct 18 by hershel (51,320 points)

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