133mm Hornblende from Malmberget
Fabian 940, Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Sweden
Size: 53x133x90 mm (629 gr.)
This beauty was on display in my father's collection, but I decided to release it for sale. It is covered with black lustrous Hornblende crystals, also at the backside.
There is a red crystal on the left side which I don't know what is (it could also be a hornblende crystal covered with another red mineral).
I am not sure when it was collected, but probably 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.