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LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent

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LARGE TRANSPARENT
SELENITE CRYSTAL


From the London Clay

Bean Clay Pit, near Swanscombe, Kent
 
The clay works at Bean, near Swanscombe, which supplied the clay for the cement works south of the Thames, was closed in 1964, but during its working life was well known to local fossil collectors.

This large, single selenite crystal was collected from the pit in 1966, shortly after the works closed. It is over 7 inches long, is over one pound in weight, and has a beautiful surface lustre.

It has very slight bruising on the edges but otherwise it is a superb example of a complete selenite crystal from the UK.

A lovely specimen from a very unusual locality. The former clay pit is now Beacon Wood Country Park.

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Size:   18 x 7 x 3 centimetres
Weight:  532 grams

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LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent
LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent LARGE TRANSPARENT SELENITE CRYSTAL - Bean, near Swanscombe, Kent