Field of View: 3 mm
Very unusual habit for Cassiterite as orange red sphaerolites with black and shiny Hematite.
Collection and photo Stephan Wolfsried
Cassiterite is a tin oxide mineral. It is generally opaque, but it is translucent in thin crystals. Its luster and multiple crystal faces produce a desirable gem. Cassiterite has been the chief tin ore throughout ancient history and remains the most important source of tin today. The name Cassiterite is derived from the Greek “kassiteros”, meaning tin. Environment: Granite pegmatites and alluvial placer deposits.