Kentrolite - Sold
- 3.8 by 3.3 by 2.1 cm – Miniature specimen (fits into a 5 cm cube)
Damour and vom Rath (1881) named kentrolite using material from an unspecified locality in southern Chile. The mineral was found at Långban about a decade later. Kentrolite is a lead manganese silicate named after the Greek word for spike, in allusion to its crystal habit. This specimen shows wedge shaped crystals to 6 mm in a manganese bearing phlogopite matrix.
This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited. He obtained the piece in 1956. Merrill's collection card and label also ship with the specimen.