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Baddeleyite - Sold


Baddeleyite is nominally zirconium oxide. Fletcher (1893) named the mineral in honor of Joseph Baddeley, railroad engineer, who first called attention to the Sri Lankan material. Were baddeleyite pure, it would be white. Natural samples typically carry iron and titanium, which work in tandem to impart a dark brown to black color.

This is complex crystal cluster of baddeleyite. The crystal form is typically tabular, but multiple twinning in this sample has formed a complex stubby prism. More body than most examples. 23.72 cts.