I would describe this one as the most elegant goethite in this lot. The goethite crystals are a rich golden brown, and the pair of radial sprays is particularly aesthetic. There is a little bit of curvature in places – maybe that’s why it has an elegant look. There is some rubbing around the edges but the front is what you focus on. One of my favourites – this is a great goethtite specimen.
Although goethite is a common mineral, it is uncommon to find collection-worthy specimens of crystallized goethite.
These goethite specimens were recently found in one of the huge chamber pegmatites at Volodarsk (which have long been famous for fantastic beryls and huge topaz crystals, to go along with monster quartz crystals). Currently work at Volodarsk has been largely curtailed and it is not clear whether any significant further work will be economically feasible. Prior to discontinuing most operations, the mining workings intersected a pocket which contained these radial sprays of goethite. I acquired them from the person who mined them out before the water table was allowed to submerge the pocket.
The detailed locality information for these (included on the label accompanying each specimen) is Pegmatite No. 597, Mine No. 3.