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Hubeite - Sold

Hubeite is a calcium iron manganese sorosilicate mineral. This mineral first appeared on the specimen market in 1999-2000, associated with pink inesite, and collectors first thought it was manganbabingtonite. Study by Hawthorne et al. (2002) showed the mineral to unique, and they named the mineral in honor of the Hubei Province of China. This specimen was purchased in Beijing in 2008, during Guanhua Liu's conference there. The radiating quartz crystals form an appealing matrix to the scattered brown hubeite crystals to 5 mm. Hubeite has triclinic symmetry, and the crystals take on a bladed habit. An attractive rarity.