Phenakite (Be2SiO4)

Locality: Stiepelmann Mine, Klein Spitzkoppe Area, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia

Size : 1.7 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm

Weight: 2.5 ct

This Phenakite, sometimes called Phenacite, comes from the Klein Spitzkoppe pegmatites at the long closed Stiepelmann mine.

Phenakite is a rare mineral found in a few localities around the world. Nharo worked with small scale miners to enter the mine and were able to acquire some noteworthy specimens.

Phenakite is a silicate with a hexagonal crystal structure. Named after Phenax, a Greek word meaning deceiver, because of a strong similarity to quartz. Close examination will reveal vertical striations on the crystal where on quartz they are horizontal. Phenakite is harder than quartz at 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale and when cut displays a brilliance that is just short of diamond.

Nharo has been collecting mineral specimens in Southern Africa since 2002. We focus on bringing a wide variety of unusual, beautiful and energetic minerals back home with us!

Weight 0.0035 kg
Dimensions 1.7 × 1.9 × 1.5 cm


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