Sapphirine (rare) with Phlogopite

Androy Region, Tulear Province, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.9 x 3.4 cm
Start Time: 12/17/2009 6:40:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/29/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Sapphirine is a rare silicate, named for the blue color allusion and shape of sapphire. Sharp, moderately lustrous, indigo-blue sapphirine crystals to 1.2 cm are richly scattered on both sides sides of the quartz-rich pegmatite matrix and are nicely accented with pearlescent, honey-brown, phlogopite books. This is a highly representative, larger and extremely rich example of the rare species in combination and locale. valued $400-500

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