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Greekstrahler - Wurtzite

Greekstrahler - Wurtzite: 23 Jun - 21 Sep 2017

Start: 23/06/2017 18:30 BST   End: 21/09/2017 18:20 BST

Agios Philippos mine is considered among the best European localities for wurtzite specimens.It is the biggest of a group of mines known generally as "Kirki mines".The mine is known to operate since 19th century.First serious mining attempts were between 1932 and 1939 by an English mining company.After WWII that was worked by Germans the mine went under various owners till 1977.That year the main tunnel system collapsed and mine was closed. Last attempt took place from 1985-1990 with open pit workings and after that mine abandoned.

About 50 minerals are known from this mine and two type locality minerals (kirkiite and levyclaudite).Wurtzite from this mine shows as hexagonal pyramidal or bipyramidal crystals with very characteristic for the locality twinning.It is Cd rich and shows high fluorescence and phosphorescence.

At present time wurtzite is very hard to find and the locality is considered classic.Specimens below are from my find done in 2013 and published at N.4-2014 issue of Rivista Mineralogica Italiana magazine.

Postage cost of specimens is included in price.