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50 mm Apatite from Malmberget
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 43x50x34 mm (140 gr.)
Big translucent green Apatite (touch of red). It has many damages from nature (not man-made), but you will also see some nice and clean facets. You will also see a tiny field of yellow stilbite.
Please watch the video for a better view:
I am not sure when it was collected, but I assume about 20-30 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.
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