Stichtite/ Atlantisite 35-39mm freeform beads (ETB00342)
Stichtite or Atlantisite
Stichtite in serpentine was first observed in about 1891 in the vicinity of the Adelaide mine, Dundas (east of Zeehan), stichtite is a rare magnesium/chromium/carbonate-hydroxide. The mineral was named stichtite after Robert Carl Sticht, an American-born industrialist and metallurgist who worked in Tasmania from 1897 until his death in 1922.
Today, stichtite has value as a gemstone and ornamental material; accordingly, it is mined in small amounts, and carved and polished into small figurines, spheres and other objects. It can also be seen in the West Coast Pioneers Museum in Zeehan.
Dimensions of beads:
Size: 35x40x8 - 39x51x8.5 mm
-this is only an approximate, the size varies slightly.
Length: 16 inches