Earth Treasures: Quantum Quattro Silica
By Chisom Ibemere
Quantum Quattro Silica is a relatively new gemstone that was discovered in Namibia in 1996. It is a unique mineral combination of at least four different minerals: shattuckite, chrysocolla, dioptase, and malachite, with some additional minerals like smoky quartz or quartz.
Quantum Quattro Silica occurs majorly in Namibia, near the region known as the Kaokoveld Plateau. It is found in copper-rich deposits where the minerals have undergone a process of weathering and oxidation.
Quantum Quattro Silica is majorly used as a gemstone due to its attractive green and blue colors, along with its intricate patterns and inclusions which results to it being highly prized by collectors and jewelry enthusiasts.
It is often used in the creation of unique and eye-catching jewelry pieces, such as rings, pendants, and earrings.
Quantum Quattro Silica has a Mohs hardness of 7, making it relatively durable and suitable for everyday wear. It has a vitreous to waxy luster and typically exhibits a translucent to opaque appearance.
It is popular for its vibrant colors, ranging from deep blue to green which may have streaks or patches of brown or black.
Quantum Quattro Silica is considered a rare and valuable gemstone. It is limited in occurrence and have a unique combination of minerals which contributed to its desirability and higher price in the gemstone market.
The stone has paved it’s way and had become popular among gemstone collectors and is increasingly being recognized and appreciated for its beauty and distinctive properties.
Quantum Quattro Silica value can vary depending on various factors such as the quality of the stone, the size and cut of the gem, and the demand in the market.
Additionally, as with any gemstone, the value can be influenced by factors like fashion trends, availability, and market conditions.