Pyrochlore Group

Tatarskii Massif, Tatarka Range, Enisei Range, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
Ex. Colin Manlove
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm
Start Time: 09/07/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/14/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

I will start by saying that these crystals are often labeled as "Pyrochlore" which used to be a valid species, but starting in 2010, the term Pyrochlore was used as a group name for the various niobium dominant species of the Pyrochlore Supergroup. With that said, you can't identify the crystals visually, so they are still often abled simply as "Pyrochlore". This piece is a fine quality example with a dark golden-brown hue, above average luster and well-formed faces on multiple sides. The piece is in good shape, but there is a bit of roughness / incomplete growth in spots where the piece was removed from the pocket wall. Today it is incredibly difficult to find specimens like this with good sized crystals of high quality and luster. From the collection of Colin Manlove.

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