Langban, Sweden
    This is a classic and rare fluorescent mineral specimen from a classic European locality. Svabite is a member of the Apatite-group minerals, more specifically of the Arsenate-Apatites, a very rare sub-group of a large and abundant grouping, and one that wins the fluorescence competition hands-down. This fine specimen of svabite fluoresces in a brilliant orange under shortwave ultraviolet rays, streaked with lesser quantities of an unidentified red-fluorescing mineral (probably either tilasite or tirodite). A very small amount of non-fluorescent material is also present in streaks across this large, blocky specimen, up to 5¾ inches on the diagonal and 5 inches along the longest edge of the main face, with a thickness of about 3 inches. This is a very rare specimen on the market; besides the locality being in a desolate and remote region, the Swedish government generally limits access to serious researchers, and the material that has been distributed is typically smashed into small pieces to fit into the small standardized European rare mineral species boxes of less than 2 inches square. Not only is this specimen exceptionally rich in color, but the blockiness and unusual angular-shaped faces allow it to be displayed to good advantage in numerous positions, an unusual yet highly desirable bonus feature. A superb, rare and large cabinet-sized fluorescent specimen from a locality that could potentially give the famed Franklin mining district a run for its money as the fluorescent mineral capital of the world, if only greater access were granted.

    Provenance: Ex Hugh Ronemus Collection

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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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