131 mm Albite

$ 69.99

ID20617

Location:

Skarvebukta, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway

Size: 108x131x62 mm (837 gram)

Description

Huge Albite crystals from Skarvebukta, from the location where you will also find some few Albite crystals with Moonstone effect. This one does not have this effect, but it is very rare to find such big crystals (I only have some few ones on this size)

The biggest crystal measures 97 mm at its longest. It has clean faces, and a big natural mark at the top, also some small damages along the edges. There are also a couple of other Albite crystals, which are partly damaged. There is some brown coating on most of the Albite crystals. There is some bluish reflection of light on the video, but I would say this is more reflections and not Moonstone/Schiller effect.

Please watch the video for a better view:
https://youtu.be/fVUFkiVrTK0

Skarvebukta, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway

The location is almost at sea level, a place called Skarvebukta (on Seiland island, Finnmark, Norway).
The mindat location is not 100% accurate. The Norwegian word "Skarv" is the name of the bird "cormorant", and the Norwegian word "bukta" means "the Bay". Sometimes you will also see the name written as "Skarveberg", where the Norwegian word "berg" means mountain. Anyway, they all refer to the same place, and because I was there myself when extracting, I can tell that the location was closer to sea level than up in the mountains.

The digging was pretty hard work as we needed to rotate/break off large rocks using only hand tools. And I reckon most "easy-targets" are already extracted back in the 1980s and that you would need heavy tools to find more. Which again probably is not going to happen, because of far into the wilderness this location is.

My father loved walking, and even if the place is not so far away from the road, we always walked from his house and back, even when we have filled our backpacks.

Also seen at the considerable time we spent on this field, there are very little total of material that is good enough for collections. Remember that what I put up for sale is the best ones after my father spent hundreds of hours at this field. Anyway, we had much good time here, and I have many great memories.

And the best part is the Albite Moonstone. I remember discussing this with a geologist who was visiting the island when I was about 12-13 years old. My father liked this Moonstone effect, but he was never crazy about it. After he passed away, I realize that this Moonstone effect in crystallized Albite is extremely rare, and also valuable. I have some few crystallized Moonstones for sale, but mostly the Albite Crystals are without this effect.

In addition to Albite/Moonstone, we found Apatite and Hornblende very close to this location. The specimens were found in the early- and mid-1980's by my father.

The picture below is from one of our trips, that I took with my old manual camera. In white my father, and next to him a very good neighbor and friend.

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