Arfvedsonite With Aegirine on Orthoclase
Mt. Maloso, Malawi
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.0 x 4.0 cm
A wonderful matrix example of the superb ARFVEDSONITE crystals which have been found at this locality in recent years. However, most are loose crystals and also etched to some extent. This aesthetic, balanced specimen has several well-terminated crystals to 4 cm, perched on contrasting crystallized matrix and presenting as fine a termination as I have ever seen for the species. Minor black aegirines are also in attendance. Not the most glamorous of species, I admit, but this is nevertheless a significant find for it and this is one of the better specimens I know of from seeing 5 or 6 years' worth of production. It is well known that the best of this material went to Europe and that a dealer named Helmut Brueckner obtained a stash of very choice pieces about 3 years ago. This is one from that lot, which he provided as Leithauser's main supplier of specimens.