Danburite crystals

Danburite Crystals Specimen Russia Dalnegorsk


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This is the cluster of transparent danburite crystals with quartz and calcite. Dimensions: 3.1 x 2.4 x 2.0″ (8 x 6 x 5cm). Weight — 6.1oz (173 grams). Origin: Russia, Dalnegorsk.

Some information about danburite:

Danburite is a calcium boron silicate mineral with a chemical formula of CaB2(SiO4)2. It has a Mohs hardness of 7 to 7.5 and a specific gravity of 3.0. The mineral has an orthorhombic crystal form. It is usually colourless, like quartz, but can also be either pale yellow or yellowish-brown. It typically occurs in contact metamorphic rocks.

Its crystal symmetry and form are similar to topaz; however, topaz is a calcium fluorine bearing nesosilicate. The clarity, resilience, and strong dispersion of danburite make it valuable as cut stones for jewelry.

It is named for Danbury, Connecticut, United States, where it was first discovered in 1839 by Charles Upham Shephard.