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Kovdorskite from Kovdor Mine, Kovdor, Kola Penninsula, Russia [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/MZTN2c.jpg]
Kovdor Mine, Kovdor, Kola Penninsula, Russia
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm
This is a cluster of parallel, glassy and gemmy, ivory-colored crystals to 2.2 cm in length. Large crystals of kovdorskite, a rare magnesium phosphate, are uncommon and come ONLY from this locality. This is a large, full sized thumbnail/toenail specimen and hosts as large a crystal as you can get in a specimen of the size - but they are large by any standard, as well (to 2 cm). From the type locality in the Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia. Ex Renato Pagano collection of Italy, in 2008
KOVDORSKITE from Kovdor Iron Mine, Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia (TYPE LOCALITY) [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rare-09-08a.jpg]
Kovdor Iron Mine, Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia (TYPE LOCALITY)
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm
This sharp, gemmy crystal is from the now-famous "blue pocket" where several of the larger crystals had a slight blue color to them, from the early 1990s as I recall. It is sharp, lustrous, and gemmy - and most people consider crystals from this pocket to be the best of species but for all that fame, its nice to also be attractive as well. Complete 360, this is a killer thumbnail notable for its form and lustre.(TYPE LOCALITY)
Kovdorskite and Collinsite from Kovdor Mine, Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia (TYPE LOCALITY) [http://img.irocks.com/pics/rare08-2-03a.jpg]
Kovdor Mine, Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia (TYPE LOCALITY)
Miniature, 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm
This splayed cluster of cream-colored, lustrous, glassy kovdorskite crystals flanked by sparkling druse of collinsite behind, comes from the huge alkali massif on the Kola Peninsula. The longest crystal is 3.75cm and thus near the record size of the species. While not from the 1980-ish type find here at this locality, this specimen is from a noted later find of the late-1990s that produced, in a small pocket the size of a basketball, the largest crystals of the species. A faint telltale blue hue, proves this (in the middle of the specimen, you can see it in the photo - there is a blue zone internally, visible from the backside), and was characteristic of that pocket. It is quite nice for the size, and somewhat more aesthetic in person. That being said, it is unarguably more aesthetic than almost any other but a few examples of this species, that could be had, the crystals are large, and the species is significant on its own merits. (TYPE and ONLY LOCALITY)