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||Ilvaite - $38
Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China
Miniature - 4.3 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm
Specimen status: Available Send an email with specimen number to order
A jet black, brightly lustrous (more so than my lousy photos suggest) and sharply terminated single ilvaite crystal. Striations and other growth features add interest. From a 2010 find of ilvaite crystals up to 20 cm; very little new production has made it to the mineral collector market in recent years. A few chips and incomplete spots are noted; otherwise this would be priced in the $50-100 range.