Lavinskyite

Lavinskyite

Lavinskyite, named in honor of Dr. Robert Lavinsky, sole proprietor of The Arkenstone, www.iRocks.com

A new mineral species was found in the Wessels mine in the Kalahari Manganese Fields of the Republic of South Africa, and it has been named in honor of Dr. Robert Lavinsky, founder of The Arkenstone, in recognition of his contributions to the field of collectible mineral specimens. Dr. Lavinsky has been an important figure in the growth of the fine minerals hobby.

Lavinskyite’s associated minerals include wesselsite, pectolite, sugilite, scottyite, and richterite, and the specific chemical makeup was confirmed by the RRUFF lab at the University of Arizona by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis.

You can read more about Lavinskyite on Mindat’s Lavinskyite species page or by reading the official chemical composition report as published in American Mineralogist.