Zircons in Biotite
Location: Store Kufjorden, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway
Size: 34x63x33 mm (134 gram)
This specimen contains several mid-size Zircon crystals in Biotite.
The 2 crystals at the right side are undamaged. The 4 big crystals in the middle and at the left side got some smaller damages. The biggest crystal is 21 mm.
As seen on the last pictures there are also several damaged crystals
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.
For more information about Seiland, visit my page: