Zircon in Biotite
Location: Store Kufjorden, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway
Size: 63x69x38 mm (256,7 gram)
Here is a huge 33 mm zircon crystal in biotite. Actually, it is two crystals that are grown together, which you will see on one side of the crystal while the other side shows facets as one single crystal.
You will see there are some damages in the middle of the crystal. It has a perfect top, and a perfect bottom, and it has sharp edges. It also has a great color.
On one side of the specimen you will also see some smaller zircon crystals (some damaged, and some undamaged).
Please watch the video to get a better view:
Zircons from Seiland
Zircons from Seiland are by far the world's greatest because of their deep orange/red color with transparent and gemmy areas. The zircons are yellow SW and LW UV fluorescence.
The zircon site has been heavily mined in the '80s and '90s, and nowadays it is extremely difficult to collect decent specimens without spending several days with heavy tools for mining. It is also at the border of the Seiland National Park, so you would have problems with granting rights to do mining. The specimen for sale is from the 1990s when it was still easy to find zircons, and before the National Park was established (in 2006).
The specimen was found late in the late 1990s by my father, Gunnar Mathisen, who had exploration rights back then.
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