0.76" Apatite Crystals In Matrix - Durango, Mexico

 
This is a lustrous, lemon yellow, fluorapatite crystal still in matrix from Cerro del Mercado (Iron Mountain) at Durango, Mexico. Two transparent crystals can be found exposed from their matrix.

At Cerro de Mercado numerous veins containing gemmy, lemon yellow to greenish fluorapatite crystals cut through the hematite massif. These crystals have been collected for decades from the iron mines in Cerro de Mercado, but they have become much more scarce with recent mechanization of the mining operations.

The bright, lustrous crystals form hexagonal shapes with off-center terminations. They are found in vugs, often associated with quartz and calcite. Most crystals are around an inch in length, though larger crystals up to about 4 inches long have been found.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorapatite
LOCATION
Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico
SIZE
0.76" long, matrix 1.7x1.4"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#43377