17 cm unique Quartz with Hematite from Malmberget
Vestrafeltet, Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 170x64x32 mm (460 gr.)
This is a one-of-a-kind Quartz, that was originally in my father’s main collection for display. The surface has grown in a way that makes the crystal look very old and "rocky".
It was found in the field called "Vestrafeltet".
It has a double top and looks perfect on the side you see on display. On the backside (seen in the last picture) you will see that nature has done its wear and tear, but there are no man-made damages.
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.