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Fuchsite

Fuchsite from Cookes Creek, WA

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    I love the colour green which most likely what attracted me to this little piece of Fuchsite. The common colour is pale green to emerald green depending on the amount of Chromium substitution. This piece has a nice silvery sparkle to it. People also refer to it as Chrome Mica.

    Full location of this specimen has not been determined, however there is a known deposit at Cookes Creek about 70km from Nullagine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    Karina and I did a road trip up the east coast to Byron Bay around Easter of 2015. This specimen was purchased from Crystal Castle, we spent the whole day there walking around the gardens, taking in all the beautiful crystals. It really is a beautiful place to relax.

    Specimen Details

    Chemical Formula: KAl2(Si3Al)O10(OH)2

    ID #: JG0021

    Colour: Pale to emerald green

    Hardness: 2.5

    Acquisition Date: 05/04/2015

    Crystal System: Monoclinic

    Lustre: Vitreous to pearly

    Dimensions: 67mm x 47mm x 29mm

    Weight: 72g

    Location: Undetermined, possibly Cookes Creek, WA

    Rarity of Mineral

    Very Common

    Did you know!?
    Fuchsite is named after the German chemist and mineralogist Johann Nepomuk von Fuchs.