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MD-244304
Tantalite-(Mn)
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 0.9 x 0.4 cm
Alto Ligonha pegmatites, Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique
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A sharp, tabular, gemmy and lustrous, beautifully cherry-red manganotantalite crystal from the Alta Ligonha pegmatites of Mozambique. The partially contacted termination and one cleaved edge are noted, but this remains a gemmier than normal, highly representative example of the species and locale from the John White Collection. He purchased this piece from Pala Properties in 1972.