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RM2679   Enstatite

Odegården apatite mines, Bamble, Vestfold og Telemark, Norway

A very hard to find enstatite specimen from the Ødegården apatite mines. Prismatic crystal of dark greenish-brown, partially transformed to talc. Accompanied by muscovite. During the 2nd World War, the mines were worked from 1941-1945 under the leadership of Adam Petterson. The mines are now closed and most of the dumps are overgrown by forest. Some of the dumps have been used as masses in construction and reparations of roads in the district.


Size: 5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm.
Found in ± 1975.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality


 

RM1568   Anatase

Geiteryggen, Ullensvang, Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway

A very sharp anatase crystal showing the tetragonal dipyramid, truncated by the pinacoidal faces. Brilliant, with almost black color but with bluish reflections, metallic luster. The crystal has a small damage in the back edge, which does not affect aesthetics. With a minor quartz crystals matrix. These crystals appear in the Alpine fissures, most of which are found in the Hardangervidda National Park. A classic European piece from many years ago.


Size: 2.2 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm.

 

RM1078   Hydroxylapatite with albite and quartz

Oksøyekollen, Snarum, Modum, Buskerud, Norway

A true classic Norwegian classic. A very sharp hydroxylapatite specimen, very rich in faces and with a white color. The crystal is complete all-around and perfectly disposed on the matrix. These specimens are very appreciated by collectors due to nowadays is difficult find them on the market.


Size: 6.0 x 5.2 x 3.7 cm.
Main crystal: 23 x 21 mm.

 

RM938   Silver with calcite

Kongsberg mines, Kongsberg, Buskerud fylke, Norway

A very interesting specimen of silver from Kongsberg, a historical European locality. The Bally-Prior Museum, formed by Eduard Bally (1847-1926) in Schönenwerd (Switzerland), contained objects primarily from the fields of mineralogy and meteoritics, but also from zoology, anthropology, paleontology, archeology, and history. The mineralogical collection originally consisted of 5000 specimens from Switzerland and from worldwide localities. The paleontological and archeological collections consisted of over 5.000 objects. The mineral collection grew to over 10,000 specimens. The Bally-Prior Museum was closed due a lack of financing and its collections were sold off at auction in 2003. A portion of the collection is preserved today in the Cantonal Museum of Geology in Lausanne.


Size: 2.0 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm.

Ex. Bally Museum / Ex. Thomas Rabber coll.


 
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