Zircons in Biotite/Nepheline
Location: Store Kufjorden, Seiland, Finnmark, Norway
Size: 38x52x43 mm (141 gr)
Two crystals on 18 and 20 mm. They are both complete without any manmade damages. However they got some biotite grown into their surface. In addition one small crystal to the left, and some broken crystals under. You will also see 4 smaller damage free crystals next to the bigger one. And you will see one damaged zircon at the backside.
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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