Kovdor Zheleznyi Iron Mine, Kovdor Massif, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
Miniature, 4.0 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm
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Bobierrite is a rare hydrated magnesium phosphate found at only a modest handful of localities worldwide. This attractive, zig-zag shaped cluster is composed of three tight groups of bladed, prismatic, translucent to transparent crystals displaying vitreous to almost pearly luster. The crystals have a very faint bluish tint and are lighter and darker toned, all approximately 2.5 cm in length. This miniature is remarkable for the species and some of the best crystals of Bobierite originate from this locality. I purchased this from Fersman Museum of Moscow at a show back in the early 2000s. Others had sold, but this got lost in the warehouse and sat here for over a decade. I have not seen others for sale in many years.