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RM2515   Artinite and serpentine

Staten Island (Richmond Co.), New York City, New York, United States of America

A rare specimen collected in an urban setting. Colorless to white radial aggregates of acicular artinite crystals on a serpentine matrix. Aesthetic, good size, excellent quality, very rich, from the classic Staten Island locality. Artinite is a rare hydrated magnesium carbonate. This piece comes from the J. Astor collection, acquired in 1980 from Bailey Minerals (Ángel Jesús Talabán García, Segovia 1942-Madrid 2007). With old labels. An USA classic nowadays not easy to find.

Size: 6.6 x 3.6 x 3.4 cm.
Main crystal: 1.5 cm. aggr.
Found in ca. 1980.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality