Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Dimensions (H x W x D)

5 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm


Description & Provenance

Scapolite is a rare mineral that is named after the Greek word, “skapos” meaning stick or stem, due to the long, columnar formation of its crystals. Its brilliance and vitreous luster make it a desirable gemstone and collector’s item. However, gem caliber crystals are quite the exception for the species and incredibly rare, which accounts for their relative obscurity when compared to other mineral species used as gemstones. This is a wonderful example of the species. It consists of a single, isolated crystal with a quintessentially columnar form. It has notably broad faces that act as windows into its optically clear body. Subtle parallel striations flank the smooth faces, adding visual interest. The crystal has a steep, peaked termination that gives the crystal a dramatic silhouette. This scapolite has a marigold coloration, paired with its excellent transparency, the piece will illuminate with a gorgeous, warm glow when lit. A lovely example of a rare species, this would make an attractive addition to any fine mineral collection.

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