Here we have an interesting and rarely seen Cassiterite from Sakangyi, in the Mogok Township of Myanmar. I've only seen a few of these over the years, and this one is distinctive due to the fact that it formed in a three-dimensional cluster with attractive, sharp, lustrous, striated crystals that resemble pagodas or flying saucers or boats. They have a very high "wet" luster with beautiful overall crystal form. This piece has the look of classic pegmatitic Cassiterites, and sort of resembles the pieces from Linopolis, Brazil, but they're still distinctly different.
This piece is complete on all sides, but there is a point of attachment on the base. Great crystal quality and very eye-catching in person. It has an attractive "stacked" or layered growth with that "wet" luster I mentioned earlier and pure jet black opacity. A great thumbnail specimen of this elusive material. If you collect thumbnails, black minerals or minerals of Myanmar, this is cool piece to add to your collection.
Locality: Sakangyi, Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)
Specimen Size: 2.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 (thumbnail)
Largest Cassiterite Crystal: 1.7 cm
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