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Schorl Inclusions In Spinel Law Fluorite

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Schorl Inclusions In Spinel Law Fluorite

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Description
Locality: 
Erongo Mountains, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia
Class: 
Single Crystal
Size Range: 
Small cabinet (7-10 cm)
Size: 
7 × 6 × 4 cm
Description

Fortunately or unfortunately dependent on your point of view this large spinel twin fluorite came apart on a natural cleavage line and revealed to me what I could not see from the exterior. I knew that there were schorl needles included within the textured crystal but there was no clean crystal face to look into to see them clearly. Sometimes things happen for a reason and this could be such a time.

The piece comes from the original discovery  in 2012 and features the classic purple accenting to the edges of the heavily textured plate like form. It resembles a melting ice cube complete with frosted faces that just don’t allow you to see the detail within it.

Through the newly opened face you do however get to see the magic inside, the crystal is impressively water clear.

The break is clean and the windows make for easy viewing of many pin like schorl needles that lie haphazardly inside, the question that begs is just how this was possible. There is nice light diffraction visible- you can see a complete rainbow inside.

 

 

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Schorl

Formula: 
Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Strunz: 
9.CK.05
Hardness: 
7.0

Fluorite

Formula: 
CaF2
Strunz: 
3.AB.25
Crystal System: 
Isometric
Hardness: 
4.0
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Jáchymov (St Joachimsthal), Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal), Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Czech Republic

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