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English: Celestine, Strontianite
Locality: Oberdorf an der Laming, Laming valley, Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: miniature, 4.2 x 3.6 x 1.9 cm
Strontianite with Celestite
This fine strontianite specimen has a SUPERB 3.5-cm crystal with the BEST translucency and rich waxy color and high lustre I have yet seen in this material. The crystal is exhibiting stepped growth, which throws off many facets and makes this prettier than ost of your basically-brown minerals tend to be. It looks sparkly, in other words. Added to this is that the strontianite has a contrasting matrix of lustrous, white, celestine crystals, to .3 cm across. The quality of this miniature is incredible - to me, i cannot imagine a better one from the locale and I think this is world class. So did Bill SMith, a noted collector of rarities. He bought this for $3.50 in 1958...a lot of money at the time for a rare locality specimen! These date back to the 1800s, although some have also been found more recently. It i s impossible to say when this came out but i suspect it is an older one due to the fact I haven't seen modern examples of such quality
Deutsch: Cölestin, Strontianit
Fundort: Oberdorf an der Laming, Laming valley, Bruck an der Mur, Steiermark, Österreich (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 4.2 x 3.6 x 1.9 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/mun05-169a.jpg, Description: http://www.irocks.com/render.html?species=Strontianite&page=1


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