Saranovskii Mine (Saranovskoe), Saranovskaya Village (Sarany), Gornozavodskii area, Permskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia (TYPE LOCALITY)
The great chrome mine at Sarany has produced some of the most colorful and impressive "Alpine-type" Russian mineral specimens, including some of the finest Uvarovite crystals in the world. This specimen features hundreds of Uvarovite crystals with high luster and intense emerald-green color on chromite matrix. The species was named after Count Sergey Semeonovich Uvarov, the former president of the Academy of St Petersburg. These specimens have become increasingly difficult to obtain in recent years, and are certainly recognized as some of the finest in the world. We have photographed the crystals with a macro lens to better illustrate their quality. A very worthwhile small cabinet sized specimen of this classic material. From the collection of Kay Robertson (#12215). Kay is a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics (see the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017).