Malmberget, Gallivare, Norrbotten County, Lappland, Sweden
A really beautiful specimen consists of tiny (drusy) stilbite crystals arranged in sculptural groupings. The drusy creates a sparkling effect in even lower light. Under the microscope, the crystals are gem with small orange inclusions and flat tipped. They are square or rectangular and radiate outward in all directions. Mining in the area started around the mid 1700s at the Illuvaara Mountain which was later called Malmberget. An iron boom began where according to the stories, miners had jobs but no living quarters so lived in discarded dynamite crates. The piece comes with an older card, which to me appears to be the writing of Peter Lyckberg (but I am not sure).
Ex Peter Lyckberg (with card)-Ex William Metropolis (with card)-Ex George Elling
6.40 x 5.80 x 4.10 cm