What a great miniature of orange mimetite this is – it features minor balls and mostly hexagonal barrel-shaped crystals (to 2 mm). With nice separation between the crystals, they really stand out on the pale micro barite crystals underneath. Super under magnification! In excellent condition – no damage. A beauty.
About these Specimens
Although Iran has long been known to be a source of spectacular mineral specimens, it has never been easy to procure them. A window opened for a while, and these specimens came out in 2012, from contemporary finds at that time. (They made their debut in Ste Marie in 2013.) Sanctions in various jurisdictions around the world since then have restricted specimen buying, but hopefully this will change so that we’ll be able to see more interesting things from Iran again.