1.6" Roselite Crystals on Dolomite - Morocco

 
This specimen contains a small cluster of deep-violet colored roselite crystals. The matrix from which the roselite formed, is made up of dolomite.

Roselite is a monoclinic mineral of the hydrated phosphates group, and has a chemical formula of Ca2Co(AsO4)2 · 2H2O. It gained its name not from the rose color that is generally exhibited by the mineral, but was in fact named in honor of a German mineralogist by the name of Gustav Rose. However, the name is quite fitting, for roselite typically displays a vitreous rose-red to pink color. Darker colored crystals have been known to frequently display marked color zoning due to variations in molecular composition.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Roselite & Dolomite
LOCATION
Bou Azer District, Morocco
SIZE
1.6" wide, 1.8" tall
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#74298