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Zektzerite on Albite

#51740

Zektzerite on Albite

#51740
Availability
Sold
Size
2 x 1.5 x 2 cm - Thumbnail 
Formula
NaLiZrSi6O15 (RRUFF)
Locality
Washington Pass, Okanogan Co., Washington, United States
Tagged
pegmatite mineral

This is an exquisite specimen from the late Chris Van Laer collection. The crystal is 14x11x5mm and is perched nicely on Albite matrix. It is truly top-notch with good peachy color and luster. The crystal itself is in good shape. Washington Pass is the type locality and exceeds all the rest in quality and size. Normally, Zektzerite is found in alkali pegmatites or at least in granites and syenites, but clearly of igneous origin with a lithium source. Chris Van Laer collected the specimen. It is nicely fluorescent to a yellowish white under SW.

Type Locality

Zektzerite

Formula
NaLiZrSi6O15 
Crystal System
Orthorhombic 
Cleavage
Perfect, Perfect, None 
Luster
Vitreous - Pearly 
Color
colorless, pink 
Streak
white 
Class
Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal 
Hardness

Data courtesy of Webmineral.

Collection
Chris van Laer Collection
Special Info
Type Locality

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