Water Included Quartz Does anybody know about quartz with water
What is its proper name? Enhydro
Where does it come from? Water is trapped in the Quartz during the
growth of the crystal structure. This is a very common inclusion,
but are usually minute and microscopic in size. Alan, in your
specimen this cavity contains both liquid and gas phases which is
called a two-phase inclusion or Enhydros. It is rare when these
two-phase inclusions are visible to the unaided eye and show movement
of the gas phase within the liquid phase. Enhydro inclusions are
more common, but still rare, in Herkimer diamonds since they are
formed within water filled pockets.
Where is it available? These are one-of-a-kind specimens. Mineral
specimen dealers would be a good source.
What is its value? Depends mainly on the value of the specimen
itself. Being a collectors item, they bring a premium. In your
case, it may more than double the price of the same specimen without
an inclusion since yours contains multiple inclusions.
How old is the water? As old as the specimen at the time the water
became trapped. If it is a Herkimer diamond, chances are the black
sediment in the water is anthraxolite (decayed plant life) and is
around five hundred million years old.
How does it taste? Maybe, like, really old vegetable soup? I don’t
know of any precedent. Just a guess.