A large lustrous specimen of an Aussie Molybdenite Crystal. No matrix to speak of, it’s all crystal. Hard to find in this size & quality. Molybdenite is the main ore of the metal molybdenum. A great addition to your metals collection. Some are using specimens like this Molybdenite Crystal as a power transistor by slight modification in the lab. This specimen is mounted on a 50mm x 50mm perspex platform for enhanced display.
Kingsgate, NSW, Australia.
4.8cm x 2.3cm x 4.8cm, 86g.
Molybdenite is a very soft metallic mineral. It can be easily confused with graphite, but not with many other minerals. Graphite has a darker black silver color and a black to gray, brown to gray streak, whereas Molybdenite has a bluish to silver color and streak. It is soft enough to leave a mark on paper and fingers. The greasy feel is due to extreme softness. Molybdenite or “Moly Ore” as it is sometimes called, is a very high luster mineral and is an interesting mineral to add to your collection.