Chromian Amesite
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 5.0 x 1.9 cm
Saranovskii Mine, Saranovskaya Village, Permskaya Oblast, Russia

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Hundreds of purple, translucent, pseudohexagonal crystals of chromium-rich Amesite blanket the display surface of this colorful small cabinet piece. Amesite crystals are well-formed, range in size from 2 to 4mm and emerge from the piece in vertical to near vertical growth with the flat tops of the crystals easily reflecting incident light. The Saranovskii Mine in Russia is a Chromite mine better known for its rich specimens of bright green Uvarovite garnet druses; however, it also produces the best-of-species for Amesite because of its gorgeous lilac color and great crystals! These are very rare, and although I used to see them in the late 1990s coming out via the Fersman Museum and others from Russia, I have seen very little of this material in the last 20 years. This would be considered a very rich, large specimen, and uncommon - even in the heyday.