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The longest Jeremejevite ever ?

Last Updated: 24th Oct 2013

It was Friday afternoon July 2001, all the miners from the Erongo mountain gather at the petrol station outside Usakos to sell their finds, we was sitting in the 4x4 when a miner knocked on the window, he showed us a very long Jeremejevite crystal, it was about 7/8cm, terminated, I wanted it & so did a friend, we was discussing who was going to get it when the miner dropped it, of course it broke in two, he promptly picked it up & said 'everyone is happy a piece each for the same price'. The miner did not understand the significance of the 'loss' & why we were no longer interested in the crystal, to-date the longest recorded crystal is 6cm!

Since then a new find has been discovered, I've yet to see a finer crystal but I can't see everything, unless it's here on mindat !




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Sad article Ms Debbie. Its a shame that what was probably the best specimen ever found is lost forever. Is it common for miners to be so careless and not aware of a minerals importance?

Terry Ward
1st Jan 2008 4:30pm

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