• Fluorapatite on Orthoclase
  • Fluorapatite on Orthoclase
  • Fluorapatite on Orthoclase
  • Fluorapatite on Orthoclase
  • Fluorapatite on Orthoclase
  • Fluorapatite on Orthoclase

Fluorapatite on Orthoclase

ID: CC7901
A spectacular terminated yellow-cream Orthoclase crystal with colour-zoned Fluorapatite crystals from Chywoon quarry at Mabe near to Falmouth in Cornwall. Chywoon works a pegmatite-rich zone of the Carnmenellis granite pluton. The Orthoclase termination and two of the prism faces are coated in a very thin veneer of orange-buff Orthoclase with a rough texture over which are scattered hundreds of micro crystals of pale blueish green Fluorapatite, plus several terminated Quartz crystals to 8 mm long. Close to the Orthoclase termination are three large, lustrous sea green Fluorapatite crystals to 9 x 9 mm, displaying zoning and mirror bright pinacoid faces. Four patches of lustrous cream Orthoclase show where Fluorapatite crystals have become detached while in situ in the pegmatite pockets. This is a stunning Chywoon specimen, as much for its wonderful Orthoclase crystal as for the lustrous Fluorapatites.

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12.0 × 5.0 × 5.0 cm
Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Chywoon Quarry, Mabe, Cornwall, England, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Fluorapatite, Orthoclase

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