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English: Spodumene (Var.: Hiddenite)
Locality: Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina, USA (Locality at mindat.org)
A truly outstanding MINIATURE of electric green Hiddenite, which is spodumene with a rich green color caused specifically by chromium content. Green spodumene from other localities doesn't cut it - THIS is the best and almost the only legitimate hiddenite, in my book! LARGE SPECIMENS ARE ALMOST UNHEARD OF. I HAVE NEVER EVEN SEEN A MINIATURE FOR SALE BEFORE! Relative to the asking prices by the collector for his thumbnails, frankly this one was and remains a "steal." It is truly an amazing American specimen but more importantly it is a significant example of a rare GEMSTONE in unusually large form, that could not be matched from any other locality. It thus has a significance beyond its origins in the wider lore of gem crystals. These specimens were cherrypicked from an amazing find of such crystals last year, the best such find in modern times. This one is doubly-terminated and has the best green color in the top termination (the one I regard as top, because of its steeper, less etched termination) grading to a lighter green at the lower termination. BETTER IN PERSON! 5 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm
Deutsch: Spodumen (Var.: Hiddenit)
Fundort: Hiddenit, Alexander County, North Carolina, Vereinigte Staaten (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source http://www.mindat.org/photo-21688.html


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