Strunzite on Quartz
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm
Gravel Hill Mine, Perranporth, Cornwall, England, UK
Gossanous matrix with a cavity hosting profuse amounts of pale yellow tufts composed of finely acicular to fibrous strunzite crystals from 0.5 to 1.5mm in length. Some strunzite on the reverse of the piece as well. A very rare species specimen from an unusual deposit in Cornwall. Strunzite is a rare manganese iron phosphate. Ex. Peter H. Abraham collection with label. He was a collector in Surrey. The label notes this was from Michael Merry in 1987, so I am assuming that Merry, a well known field collector, found it himself. I have never seen one from this find.