1.9" Axinite & Epidote Crystal Cluster - Peru

This is an axinite crystal cluster that was collected from the Canta Province of Peru. There is an association of green epidote crystals.

Epidote is a green silicate mineral that is commonly found in regionally metamorphosed rocks. It often forms lustrous, elongated, and interconnected crystals that are highly coveted by collectors. While nearly all epidote is green, it may take on many different shades and tones from yellowish to deep green.

Axinite is a subgroup under the silicate group of minerals, with three possible mineral compositions. The inclusive formula, encompassing all possible mineral member combinations, is (Ca,Fe,Mg,Mn)3Al2BSi4O15(OH). The presence of one listed alkaline or transitional element will effect the structure and colors displayed by the axinite crystal. It typically forms thin, sharp triclinic crystals, with colors ranging anywhere from a light yellow-brown to various shades of blue and green. The group name is derived from the Greek word 'axina', meaning axe, to describe the group's bladed crystal habit.
Axinite & Epidote
Canta, Canta Province, Lima Department, Peru
1.9" long, 1.3" tall