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RM1593   Blue halite

Stassfurt Potash deposit, Stassfurt, Saxony-Anhal, Germany

A halite crystal with an intense blue color, phantom, from an old classic German locality: Stassfurt. The startling blue tone seems unreal. Halite specimens are rarely found with these bluish colors. With an interesting spherical inclusions (see pictures). The color is due to atomic lattice defects, not due to inclusions or impurities. An old specimen.

Size: 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm.
Found in ca 1970's.

Ex.Col. Daunis (Barcelona).