Raw Phenakite Crystal, 8.4 Carats, Okuta-Didan (Shining Stone) Mine, Jos Plateau, Nigeria
Weight: 8.4 ct / 1.681 g
Size: 1.9 cm (0.73") x 0.9 cm (0.36")
Locality: Okuta-Didan Mine, Jos Plateau, Nigeria
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.
How do we know our Phenakite’s are real?
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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!