The core of the Science Museum’s mineralogical collection includes various varieties of quartz.
Quartz is one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust. It belongs to the family of silicates (Tecto-silicates) and can take on many different colours depending on the type and quantities of impurities in the crystal lattice.
The small collection presents some fine examples of rock crystal, smoky quartz, amethyst quartz and red quartz.
There are also varieties of microcrystalline quartz including tiger eye and opal.