SCAPOLITE

05236

Locality

Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Dimensions (H x W x D)

5.5 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm

Weight

32 g

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 likely accounts for their relative obscurity when compared to other species used as gemstones. This is truly an excellent example of the coveted mineral. It is a single, isolated crystal with the quintessential ‘columnar’ form that is accentuated by its striated faces. It boasts an intense orange coloring and an impeccable transparency that allow it to glow with radiance with the slightest hint of light. Gem-like and rare, it would make a valuable and attractive addition to any fine mineral collection.

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