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Friedelite - Sold

Friedelite is a rare manganese silicate found in a few skarns worldwide. Bertrand (1876) first described the mineral from the French Pyrénées, naming it in honor of French mineralogist Charles Friedel (1832-1899).

Friedelite at Sterling Hill is a well known vein filling material. This fragment is a translucent red mass. Very minor franklinite and calcite are also present, which is typical of the locality. Samples like this cut into interesting and rare collector gems.