Wohlerite (rare - old - near Type Locality)

Barkevik, Langesundsfjorden, Vestfold, Norway
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 3.0 x 2.6 cm
Start Time: 04/01/2010 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/08/2010 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Wohlerite is a rare zirconium, niobium silicate found in the late phase of strange and uncommon alkalid pegmatites, nepheline syenites, fenites and carbonatites. This very rich old-time specimen is from near the famous Type Locality (discovered in 1843) in Norway, where thorite was discovered in 1829. Lustrous, translucent, yellowish-brown, wohlerite crystals and crystal fragments to about 1.5 cm are richly scattered on all sides of the starkly contrasting, two-toned matrix. Rarely on the market from this locality. Comes with an expertly handwritten, faded label from an older collection. The collection this came out of was a museum stash dating to prior to World War I.

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