- Niobophyllite on Quartz with Feldspar
- Cabinet, 10.7 x 5.7 x 4.7 cm
- Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
Niobophyllite is an extremely rare species containing niobium and titanium, the best of which come from this incredibly interesting REE deposit. This large cabinet piece showcases a vertical spray of superb, world class crystals sprouting from a matrix of quartz and feldspar. The crystals are just under 9 cm, which may be a record for the species so far as I know, at least in any kind of aesthetic specimen. No Repairs. This is a major piece for the species! I obtained it, of all places, at the Chenzhou show in Hunan Province, from a visiting African dealer who saved it to offer me there in between th usual Tucson and Denver destinations. It was apparently mined in the spring of 2015. I have seen smaller versions, but nothing in this magnitude.