Carborundum (synthetic)
Niagara Falls, New York, USA (laboratory grown)
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 7.1 x 4.7 cm
Ex. Bill & Anne Cook
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We don't usually list synthetic crystals for sale, however this lab grown synthetic carborundum (silicon carbide) crystal cluster is so utterly amazing and it is much more crystallized than most examples of this lsmelter-produced material! Bill Cook worked for Sawyer Labs in Cleveland, Ohio for much of his career and was involved in high purity synthetic quartz crystals for electronic and optical applications; and had a subcollection of a wide variety of synthetic crystals such as this one. All have been superb examples, but this one is particularly visual. Naturally occurring silicon carbide is calle Moissanite and it is found in miniscule amounts in some meteorites (Canyon Diablo) and extremely rare in a few terrestrial occurrences. This is an exceptionally well-formed group of platy, hexagonal carborundum in a cabinet sized cluster of razor-sharp, blue-black crystals with the largest one measuring two inches across. All them have a blue and green, oil slick-like iridescence to them for added aesthetics. This piece comes with a label indicating that it from the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium 22nd Annual Auction in 1999.