Dragon Minerals - June 9, 2022 Update

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30872: Childrenite-Eosphorite, Tourmaline, and Muscovite - $10
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm
17 grams
Specimen status: Available
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A grey muscovite 'rose' host numerous brown to black, mostly opaque, childrenite-eosphorite blades which reach up to 6 mm. Although often labeled as one species or the other, one cannot distinguish between childrenite, an iron aluminum phosphate - Fe2+Al(PO4)(OH)2·H2O and eosphorite, its manganese analog - Mn2+Al(PO4)(OH)2·H2O without chemical analysis. In fact, Fe2+ and Mn2+ substitute for each other so readily that samples may not be pure childrenite or pure eosphorite but instead an intermediate series member. Tiny green tourmaline needles are also present on this specimen. A good representative childrenite-eosphorite sample for the locality, which won't take much space in your mineral cabinet, nor deplete the wallet.

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