Discovered in Israel, a new mineral, Carmeltazite, has just officially entered the fairly “select” list of minerals after approval by the International Association of Mineralogy (AIM).
Called Carmeltazite, a somewhat special and rare new mineral was unearthed by the gemstone mining company Shefa Yamim in a valley below Mount Carmel in northern Israel. For its name, it takes it from its composition (mixture of titanium, aluminum and zirconium) and from the place where it was unearthed.
The company Shefa Yamim would have, according to its CEO Abraham Taub, located seven or eight potential seams of Carmeltazite.
According to professionals, this mineral is rarer than diamonds and its crystalline structure makes it harder than them too.
And although its appearance is reminiscent of sapphire, the mixture of minerals that make up the stone had previously only been observed in space. Dark in color, the mineral was contained as tiny inclusions in “Carmel Sapphire”. This is a gemstone found only in Israel so far, which Shefa Yamim collects from the Kishon River.