Mineralpedia Details for Bikitaite
Named for the type locality at the Nolan property in Bikita in the Masvingo District of Zimbabwe. The only other locality for Bikitaite is in the United States at the Foote Lithium Co. Mine in North Carolina, USA. Bikitaite occurs as a late-forming mineral within fractures in lithium-rich pegmatites. Associated minerals include eucryptite, quartz, Petalite, feldspar, calcite, stilbite, allophone, albite, and fairfieldite.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/bikitaite.pdf
Bikitaite from Foote mine, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, United States
3mm long, bladed crystal of Bikitaite.
Long prismatic, colorless crystals to 4mm randomly located across the face and associated eith purple Fluorapatite.
Colorless lath-like crystals to 8mm.
Long platy, clear crystals to 1mm with ragged terminations.
Bikitaite from Bikita Pegmatite, Masvingo dist., Zimbabwe
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This a large, wonderful specimen loaded with colorless, prismatic Bikitaite crystals. The largest crystal is 2cm. It is a Westenbeger collection piece, which was sold by Dave Bunk several years ago. Type locality and very hard to obtain.
Bladed Bikitaite crystals up to 1cm with numerous smaller crystals all over matrix.