Strawberry Quartz Beads

Strawberry quartz beads gets their color from inclusions of various forms of iron oxide. There are four different but chemically related iron oxides that may be found in quartz. They include lepidocrocite (FeO(OH)), goethite (also FeO(OH) but with a different crystal structure), limonite (FeO(OH)nH2O) and hematite (Fe2O3). Quartz with red inclusions of iron oxide is more rarely found, and is often sold under the name strawberry quartz or `red fire` quartz. Some specimens have very fine inclusions, only visible under magnification, lending the quartz a more or less uniformly strawberry color. Others have clearly visible inclusions and may appear as clear quartz with reddish needles, flakes or spangles. Strawberry quartz is most often found in Russia and in neighboring regions such as Kazakhstan, as well as in Brazil.

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