Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm
Luschitz, Bilina (Bilin), Usti Region, Bohemia (Bohmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic
Mellite is a rare organic compound (aluminum mellitate {benzene hexacarboxylate} hydrate) that is only found in a handful of world localities. Typically, Mellite is found in brown or gray crystals, and to find a sharp, lustrous, yellow crystal like this is certainly rare. The crystal itself is superb quality, and complete on all sides. There are actually some small areas on this crystal that are gem quality. The piece comes from the Rich Kosnar Collection (specimen #512), and comes with one of Rich's signature hand-written collection labels.