65 mm Quartz from Malmberget
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 65x34x33 mm (109 gr.)
Here is a great rock crystal (Quartz), and what I like with this one is that it is not translucent, and is coated on the backside, which overall gives it an old and "rocky" look.
It is completely undamaged.
Another great thing with this one is that if you study it, you will see that it contains a lot of smaller crystals grown into the bigger one.
Please watch the video for a better view:
I am not sure when it was collected, but my father acquired this one from his friends in Sweden, probably about 15-25 years ago.
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.