Andradite (var. Melanite)
Location: Seiland, Finnmark, Norway
Size: 26x25x15 mm (20,5 gr.)
Black Melanite (variant of Adradite) from a very rare finding on Seiland, Finnmark, Norway.
You will not find Melanite listed as found on Seiland if you look at Mindat.
You will find similar, and beautiful Melanite on the neighbour island (Sørøya). However my father listed it as found on Seiland (where he lived for 35 years), and I also got a piece in my private collection with Melanite & Monticellite (Monticellite is only found on Seiland, not on Sørøya).
My father gave me this one when I was about 10-15 years old, meaning that it is 30-35 years since he found it. So it is a very rare chance to get your hands on a Melanite from this location.
It appears black with clean facets. When adding light you will se brown areas on the crystal. You will see that it has a smaller twin, and the last picture is from its underside.
Because it is so rare location, it is a bit hard to find the right price, but when online I see that a much smaller Melanie crystal from Sørøya was sold for more at an recent aucion on e-rocks:
Here is the giant I have in my private collection (which is not for sale)