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English: Spinel
Locality: Gon Deposit, near Timpton River, Lena River Valley, Aldan, Aldan Shield, (Eastern Siberian, Russia
Size: cabinet, 10 x 8.1 x 6.7 cm
This whopper of a spinel crystal is complete all around and free of damage, measuring 8 x 8 x 7 cm in size, and beautifully terminated. It has a rich "satiny" lustre, characteristic of pocket-growth crystals that have never been covered by other rock, or calcite infill which has to be removed with acid. This locality historically produced spinels of this calibre, but I had never seen one of such size and in any case they came out 20 years and more ago. This new find at the same old locale has provided us a small new supply of these spinel classics. What is nice , though, is that the overall quality for this combination of size and crystal habit of spinel has not been surpassed in the meantime - they stand as important spinels, not just as interesting locality classics, in other words. I purchased these at Munich actually, but only recently got them delivered. THIS IS THE LARGEST OF THE NEW FIND, AND WAS ILLUSTRATED IN The Mineralogical Record Munich Show Report, Jan-Feb 2008.
Deutsch: Spinell
Größe: 10 x 8.1 x 6.7 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
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