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Zektzerite - Sold

Zektzerite is a lithium sodium zirconium silicate. Originally presumed to be beryl (i.e. morganite), two Seattle mineral collectors Jack Zektzer and Bart Cannon decided to investigate the material further. Initial X-ray diffraction results did not match any species in the 1974 Encyclopedia of Minerals. The pair sent samples to the Smithsonian Institution, and ultimately Dunn et al. (1977) characterized the new species, naming it after Jack Zektzer (1936- ). Zektzerite is remarkable among rare species for its remarkable crystal size (to 3.7 cm!) Despite routine searching, collectors recover only a few zektzerite crystals each year; none have yet surpassed the size of the early finds. This specimen features a pink 8 mm crystal zektzerite crystal. The color of zektzerite varies from pocket to pocket, this example pinker and gemmier than most. Also present are albite and arfvedsonite. Ex Vic Hoffmann collection.