Lithiophorite - Reserved
- Northern Cape Province
- South Africa
- 4.3 by 2.6 by 1.8 cm – Miniature specimen (fits into a 5 cm cube)
Originally found in Germany, lithiophorite proved distinct from other manganese ores in its lithium content Frenzel (1890). De Villiers (1945) described this material from South Africa, currently known to produce the largest crystals of the species. Post & Appleman (1994) later determined the mineral to have hexagonal symmetry. This specimen hosts lustrous plates to 5 mm across, some broken to show the lustrous black appearance of the mineral. This lithiophorite specimen comes with a vintage Burminco (George Burnham) label.