For sale is a schorl tourmaline in muscovite from Disputed Mine, Harts Range, N.T. A ascetic group of highly lustrous schorl tourmaline, floating in a group of well defined, individual transparent platy muscovite mica crystals. Ex J.Rondello collection. This location is far better know for its fine heliodor crystals, (thou Mindat has no pics of any). There was a small amount of nice schorl produced, usually in and on quartz, very very rarely, floating in muscovite crystals. An interesting note about this remote location, is where the name came from, well there was a dispute over ownership of the lease many years ago, hence the name. This mine established at the turn of last century is laimed to be the longest operational mica mine of any significance in the world. From this location and the nearby Spotted Tiger mine came the rare and famous flattened almandine garnets in transparent mica sheets, these garnet specimens are very hard to come by today!
DISPUTED MINE, HARTS RANGE, N.T.
48 x 35 x 20mm.