Phenakite with Black Tourmaline on Feldspar , 8.5 ct Thumbnail, Stiepelmann’s Mine, Klein Spitzkoppe Area, Namibia
Rare Phenakite with Black Tourmaline on Feldspar Thumbnail crystal from Namibia. Nharo traveled to the Klein Spitzkoppe area and worked with small scale miners to collect these crystals.
Dimensions: 1cm (0.3”) x 1cm (0.3”)
Weight: 1.7grams = 8.5carats
Locality: Stiepelmann Mine, Klein Spitzkoppe Area, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
This Phenakite, sometimes called Phenacite, comes from the Klein Spitzkoppe pegamtites 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.
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