Jeffrey Quarry Solution Quartz

Charles Steuart, who owns CTS Rock Shop in Hot Spring, Arkansas, and I were talking when he mentioned that several years ago he bought an old collection of Jeffrey Quarry Solution Quartz crystals and really hadn't done anything with them. This perked my interest and I did a search for Solution Quartz on the internet and found very little information. I had read the history of Jeffrey Quarry on state geologist, Mike Howard's, web site and was fascinated by the story.

http://rockhoundingar.com/locations/jeffry.html

I offered to set up a web page with information about Solution Quartz and to see if there was a market for these unique and rare crystals. I asked Charles to write up a little history and information about how acquired this old collection of crystals. This is what he wrote:

"I have always liked Jeffrey Quarry Quartz every since I laid eyes on it back in the 1950?s. It has always had a fascination to me as well as others. I couldn't scrape up enough money to rub two dimes together much less to have enough to buy pretty rocks.

In 1963 I went off to Arkansas Tech at Russellville and got me one of them College degrees in Geology. It took me until 1972 to get out but I had a 4 year sabbatical with Uncle Sam 1965-1969.

My wife and I bought a rock shop in 1997. In 1998 the guy that sold me the shop told me that he had 1000 pounds of Jeffrey that he and his dad dug over 30 years ago. Do you want to buy it? We struck a deal!

I was now the proud owner of a bunch of Jeffrey. Years rocked on and I sold, traded and gave away a little of it. I just couldn't see giving it up.? It was mine, all mine.

The Quarry sold this year (2006) to some developers that are going to build houses around these two lakes. (flooded Quarries). If they knew how many stolen cars, guns and dead bodies that I have heard that are in the bottom?

Photo of Jeffrey Quarry Lakes Today:


Photo of Jeffrey Quarry Lakes

Any way, there will be no more Jeffrey Quarry Quartz coming out of area unless it is out of someone's personnel collection."

Charles T. Steuart
Arkansas Registered
Professional Geologist
#110

Many pieces of the Solution Quartz crystals have golden yellow to greenish balls of Cookite on them. In addition, Charles showed me a bucket full of Rectorite, which I had never heard of. Here is how Charles describes Rectorite:

"Now this Jeffrey Quarry Quartz grows in this "Rectorite" named after a lawyer that lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is a jelly when in the rock fractures. The quartz grows in this jelly and that is why every crystal is double terminated, unless it grew on the sandstone. Now when you dig the quartz out of the fractures, the rectorite hits the air and turns to what is called "Mountain Leather". It's some neat stuff and is a clay mineral. It is flexible just like leather. If you look at it close, you will usually see small double terminated quartz crystals.

Rectorite

Rectorite

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9" x 4" loaded with double terminated needle points. The bottom is peppered with cookeite - $250.00

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This large, 7.5" x 7" "haystack" burr is layered with thousands of double terminated crystals with both single and multiple terminations.? - $600.00

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This large, 6.5" x 5.5" "haystack" burr is layered withthousands of double terminated crystals with both single and multiple terminations. Sits up on a flat base - $600.00

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This large, 8' x 4" haystack ball is layered with thousands of double terminated crystals - $500.00

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Close up of needle points. This large 8" x 6" cluster burr has thousands of double terminated needle points and is sprinkled with white cookeite balls on the back side. - $650.00

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Beautiful 7" base haystack cluster with caves and a splattering of Cookeite - $250.00

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5" Haystack full of white cookeite
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Back view - $75.00

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3.5" haystack. Sits up on flat base. - $35.00 (Sold)

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2.5" base haystack - $20.00

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2" haystack - $20.00

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Brilliant little haystack - $10.00 (Sold)

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2 perfect 1.75" DT points - $10.00 (Sold)

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Brilliant little haystack - $10.00 (Sold)

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Two, 2" DT points with multiple terminations at each end. - $20.00

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2" base cluster - $20.00

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Brilliant little haystack - $10.00 (Sold)

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Two 2" DT points - $10.00 (Sold)

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2.5" base cluster - $10.00 (Sold)

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3.5" cluster on matrix peppered with gold cookeite - $25.00

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Brilliant little haystack - $10.00 (Sold)

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Two 1.5" Dt points with multiple terminations on one end - $10.00 (Sold)

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Brilliant little haystack - $10.00 (Sold)

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Two 1.75" DT points with multiple terminations at each end - $15.00

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Cute, 2" base - $5.00

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2.5" base cluster - $10.00 (Sold)

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2" haystack burr - $20.00 (Sold)

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Multiple termination DT sandwiched in the tip of a point - $10.00

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Cute - $5.00 (Sold)

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Crystal cave - $15.00 (Sold)

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4.5" base cluster loaded with golden cookeite - $45.00

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4" base haystack on matrix - $30.00

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4" base unique formation - $20.00 (Sold)

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3" base with lots to discover - $25.00

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3" hole'ie haystack - $20.00

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Jeffrey Quarry Solution Quartz Micro Crystals

Thousands of double terminated micro crystals in this all most 2 ounce bag. The crystals range in size from 1/64" to 1/2" long. Most are 1/64" diameter or smaller. I don't know what anyone will do with these beautiful little guys but you can have them for $20 a bag. Order JQ Micro Bag. - $20.00

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Jeffrey Quarry Solution Quartz Mini Crystals

Hundreds of double terminated mini crystals in this all most 2 ounce bag.The crystals range in size from 1/4" to 1" long. Most are 1/16" diameter or smaller. I don't know what anyone will do with these beautiful little guys but you can have them for $20 a bag. Order JQ Mini Bag. - $20.00

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How To Order

How to order: My preferred method is for you to send me an Email request with the items you want and your mailing address. I will then email you an invioce with payment instructions. You can also phone in your request (870) 867-2443 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm CST. You can also write to Stuart Schmitt, 60 Mary's Eagle Trail, Mount Ida, AR 71957. I offer a money back guarantee on all my crystal sales. If you're not satisfied, simply return the crystal and I'll refund your money.

Shipping: Shipping cost will be added to the order. I usually ship U.S. Post Office Priority Mail within the US unless otherwise requested and use the USPS Postal Calculator to determine shipping costs. I can get about 20 pounds of crystals in the medium Priority Mail flat rate box for $12.35 shipping cost. The USPS Priority Mail International medium Flat Rate Box is just $61.75 for up to 20 pounds to any country (Canada $42.25).  Other size USPS flat rate boxes also available.

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I would appreciate your prompt payment when you receive the email invoice since we do not have room to store your order. My shipping department (wife) gets upset when orders sit around on her dining room table waiting for payment.