Mahaiza Commune, Betafo Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
A nice cluster of quartz from Mahaiza; I can't see any significant damage, and anything that looks like a broken or malformed crystal seems to be etching (in particular, these are the crystals positioned from 3:00 to 6:00 in the picture directly to the right of this description.) This area produces quartz by the ton, and because the way it is handled, almost all of it gets heavily damaged. I had locals show me pristine examples, then after I had turned them down for one reason or another, saw them drop the specimens onto a pile or others. Clearly, damage is not high on their list of concerns, and considering that broken points are sold by the sack-load (accounting for the bulk of their revenue) I doubt it will be any time soon.Whatever the case, this is a nice example in good condition.