136 mm Calcite, Stilbite, Hematite, Fluorite & Pyrite from Malmberget
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 63x136x112 mm (471 gram)
Here is a unique masterpiece of Calcite, Stilbite, Hematite, Fluorite, Pyrite from Malmberget, Sweden.
It is completely damage free, and very beautiful to watch.
There are nice Stilbite all over the specimen, also under. There are also Hematite all over the specimen. In addition there is a bit translucent calcite, and some smaller pyrites. At the backside there is some tiny blue Fluorite crystals.
Please watch the video for the best view:
Malmberget has one of the largest underground mines for ore in the world and the second-largest in Sweden. The deepest point is 1390 meters below ground. Annual production is over 5 million tonnes of iron ore.
There is a big variety of crystals and minerals found in the mines:
Sometimes the miners hit pockets with crystals, but seldom they are collected as it would slow the work. Luckily there are workers who are trying to save/collect the most interesting stuff.
My father had friends in the mining companies in Sweden and traded minerals directly from them. Most of the stuff he got was back about 15-25 years ago. Much of this material is now long gone, and seldom seen on the market.