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Väyrynenite from Pakistan

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Here is a little spotlight on this rare pink manganese beryllium phosphate mineral.

First discovered at Viitaniemi Pegmatite in Finland and still hard to spell, this brightly coloured mineral produces fine crystallised specimens from Pakistan, (and Afghanistan).

These specimens are very rare and highly prized by phosphate and pegmatite collectors alike. I had the opportunity today to photograph 2 recently mined and great specimens, so thought it would be good to share with you here.

Specimen 1 - Väyrynenite cluster 3.5cm across, largest crystal 15mm. From Shengus, Pakistan

Specimen 2 - Väyrynenite with quartz & hydroxylherderite, specimen 9cm across, largest crytal 10mm. From Nyet Bruk, Pakistan

The pictures are in the gallery below.

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Comments

Hi Mark - Great specimens! the first is an excellent example of such a rare mineral, as you say. The second, whilst at first is visually similar to Vayrynenite (I cant pronounce it either!) has had me and Mike Rumsey (NHM) investigating and initial XRD analysis has thrown up a very long chemical formula that most certainly isnt what we were expecting!! therefore more tests are ongoing...just write those labels in pencil for now ;-) cheers Colleen

Submitted by Pristine on
Please keep us posted Colleen. I have a few small specimens (with topaz and Herderite) that might be related....