Almandine-pyrope series garnets in graphite from the aptly-named Red Embers Mine (Two Fat Guys Mine), Erving, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, USA. They really do look like glowing red-hot embers when backlit. Also embedded in the matrix are small black dravite crystals (only visible under magnification). Specimen is 105mm across. Please follow and like us:

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Purple fluorite nestled in amongst dolomite crystals from Liter’s Quarry (Hanson Aggregates Irvington Quarry), Breckinridge Co., Kentucky, USA. While looking at this through my microscope, I assumed it was a cube of fluorite, but the photo shows more detail. It has tried to develop into an octahedron, but has ended up with stepped faces. Please […]

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Blocky opaque apophyllite with minor colourless stilbite and white laumontite on green prehnite. 65x45x10mm. Ex Joe Cilen (7403). Ex Eugene Carmichael (562). Hydroxyapophyllite-(K), prehnite, stilbite, laumontite, from the Fairfax quarry (Centreville Quarry; Sisslers Quarry), Centreville, Culpeper Basin, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA. Please follow and like us:

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Tiny cream calcite crystals on dark purple fluorite from the Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois – Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA. Largest fluorite 65mm across. Mined in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Ex A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (# DM 24769). Please follow and like us:

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