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MD-239861
Axinite-(Mn)
Large Cabinet, 22.0 x 13.1 x 7.2 cm
Bor Pit (Boron Pit; Bor Quarry), Dal'negorsk B deposit, Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
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This is a very rare, large plate of manganaxinite from the mines at Dal'negorsk, with sharp curving crystals to 4 cm in height splaying out from the matrix in all directions. It is, despite its size, nearly pristine. Note that this is not to be confused with the far more common axinites from Puiva in the Ural Mountains. You can note it by the distinct crystal style of robust, curving crystals that are fatter and more opaque than Puiva material, much like the old Japanese material in fact. These specimens were found in the late 1990s. Weighs nearly 2 kilograms.