Bastnasite of unusual crystal form
Miniature, 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.7 cm
Zagi Mountain, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan

A large and attractive doubly terminated, crystal, of highly unusual crystal habit for this species - normally the crystals should look like fat, robust barrels! This bastnasite is lustrous and translucent and exhibits a rich brownish orange color, more intense when backlit. Bastnasite is a rare earth hexagonal species and usually occurs in barrel shaped crystals at all of its localities. This crystal is simply bizarre. I have never seen the like.

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