Perovskite (sharp crystals!)
Kashkanar, near Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast', Russia
Miniature, 4.4 x 3.6 x 1.9 cm
A fantastic specimen of perovskite consisting largely of isolated, lustrous cubes to 1.2cm perched on a greenish chlorite group mineral matrix. The Heliodor (previous dealership) label indicates that it was found in a road cut in the summer of 2003 near Kashkanar, 50km from Zlatoust, Chalybinsk Oblast, Southern Urals, Russia. A very nice and aesthetic grouping of cubic crystals of this calcium titanium oxide. Note that most such specimens are worn and rounded. This is one of the most sharply crystallized examples we have seen from here. I am told that most were collected 20 years ago and more, but Star van Scriver (Heliodor) brought out this small fresh batch at a Tucson show in 2004 and surprised all with a new find at the time.