A brilliant, sharp, lustrous, gemmy 1.3 cm crystal of strontianite on matrix. The psuedo-hexagonal crystal is prominently striated and has golden internal colour zones at each end. In excellent condition – at the side, the tip of the crystal has a small indentation – either a chip or an interrupted growth, not obvious when viewed from the optimal viewing angle (which is the way the specimen sits naturally). A beautiful crystal you’d absolutely swear was a quartz crystal.
About these Strontianites
These strontianites are from the collection of Franz Lammer (1914-1997), and were collected during the period approximately 1967-1992. Although strontianite is a relatively common mineral, it is difficult to obtain fine collection specimens of sharp crystals. Among the finest ever found are the specimens that came from the magnesite deposit at Oberdorf an der Laming, Styria, Austria, a locality that has produced superb crystals of a few different habits.