133 mm Stilbite from Malmberget
Fe-gruva, Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 73x133x120 mm (1114 gr.)
Fantastic specimen with light yellow Stilbite from FE-gruva in Malmberget (Norrbotten, Sweden). This is an old specimen, that my father had in his main collection. I don't know the exact year it was collected, but I assume 20-30 years ago. It has a few white nicks, but overall it has a very nice quality.
Please also watch the video for a better 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.