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Enstatite - Sold


Enstatite is an orthorhombic pyroxene mineral, chemically magnesium silicate. Kenngott (1855) named enstatite after the Greek word enstates for opponent, due to the mineral's resistance to melting under the blowpipe. Enstatite is a widespread rock forming mineral, not typically found in gem crystals.

In Burma, large crystals of enstatite occasionally turn up, such as this example. The crystal surface is rounded, but also etched, possibly indicating resorption into its parent rock. The crystal shows an indentation where another crystal formed, but appears complete. Its root beer color is evident in transmitted light. Totally gem!