Location: Store Kufjorden, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway
Size: 35,5x37x20 mm (48,6 grams)
Large zircon crystal with major damages on two sides, while the rest have beautiful edges and are undamaged.
Because of the undamaged faces, I am a little uncertain as to how much of the damage is caused by nature itself. Great interior color play. It is not impossible that some of it can be used as a gem, but I that is too hard to me to judge.
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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