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Ephesite - Sold


Ephesite is a rare sodium lithium mica, named after Ephesus, Turkey (Smith, 1851). Philips (1931) described this occurrence at Postmasburg. The original description left some uncertainities, until Schaller et al. (1967) studied material from South Africa, and better defined the species. As ephesite is a mica, the mineral forms micaceous crystals to 8 mm across on this specimen. This piece has 2.1 by 1.1 cm pocket of crystals, which is quite good for the species. From Charlie Key dealer stock. Choice!