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Lithiophorite - Sold


Originally found in Germany, lithiophorite proved distinct from other manganese ores in its lithium content (Frenzel, 1890). De Villiers (1945) described this material from South Africa, currently known to produce the largest crystals of the species. Post & Appleman (1994) later determined the mineral to have hexagonal symmetry. This specimen hosts pyramidal crystals to 6 mm across. There is some iron and manganese oxide staining on this specimen, which disguises the bright luster of the lithiophorite, making the specimen appear sooty.

This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited. Merrill obtained this specimen from Charles Burnham, and it carries a Burminco label. Merrill's collection card and label ship with the specimen.