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Mt. Eveslogschorr, Khibiny massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmankayja Oblast', Northern Region, Russia
A spectacular, near best-of-species specimen of wadeite consisting of a 1.8cm, tabular, hexagonal prism on an orthoclase-aegirine matrix! If the size and aesthetic positioning on the piece isn't enough, the crystal is a beautiful pale lavender color and resembles an apatite crystal in appearance. Wadeite is a very rare potassium zirconium silicate. A significant specimen and definitely a competition miniature! Ex Paul Stahl Collection, and obtained by him in the 1990s from the Fersman Museum deaccessions at a show in Munich. This is a significant specimen for this rare species that is quite aesthetic. The crystal is fully displayed perched atop matrix.