A resident of Clear Lake, Calif. claims to have found a piece of quartz with Virgin Mary and Child clearly visible in the body of the gem.
The finder, Rev. Dr. Douglas Van Dyke, D.D, said in a statement “We believe this to be a miracle from God. The gemstone has a very strong, positive energy which can be easily felt by holding or even touching the stone.”
The teardrop-shaped gem is about 1″ (2.54 cm) high and 5/8″ (1.7 cm) wide and will be put up for auction on ebay in the near future. Proceeds will go to Rev. Van Dyke’s caregiver organization, Lake County Care Group, a registered California not-for-profit corporation.
The gem was a “Lake County Diamond” – quartz from Lake County, Calif., which are not real diamonds, but rather an unusual clear volcanic glass made of almost pure silica. They have no crystalline structure whatsoever, making them very unusual.
Photos of the gemstone can be seen here.