Dragon Minerals - June 27, 2021 Update

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05345: Fluorapatite, Chlorite, and Rutile - $40
Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Roundu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 5.7 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm
69 grams
Specimen status: Available
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A cluster of highly translucent and pale yellow fluorapatite crystals, accented with a few patches of deep green chlorite. The crystals are tabular with beveled edges, and in a somewhat stacked arrangement. The slightly frosted appearance is due to tiny growth features, and not etching. The specimen lacks both shortwave and longwave UV fluorescence, which is rather unusual for examples of this species from Pakistan. One small patch of red-brown, platy rutile is noted. There is no obvious point of attachment; this is a floater. Overall condition is quite fine. Note: The specific gravity of this specimen (measure to be 3.16) is in good agreement with the reported specific gravity range of 3.1-3.25.

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