1.9" Zircon Crystals in Mica Schist Matrix - Norway

This beautiful specimen is composed of two, deep red zircon crystals that are still partially embedded in the biotite (mica schist) matrix that they formed within. It was collected from Finnmark, Norway. Both crystals display a stunning yellow fluorescence under both short wave and long wave UV lighting! The largest zircon crystal measures .5" wide.

This specimen has already been mounted to an acrylic display stand.

Zircon belongs to the nesosilicates group and forms as tetragonal crystals. Its common chemical formula is ZrSiO4, which can be altered by a variety of impurities. Certain impurities result in formation of zircon crystals with a wide variety of colors (white, colorless, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, and gray). Certain impurities within zircon crystals can be radioactive, however the radioactivity is typically minimal and is generally believed to be safe, without posing any health hazards.
Zircon & Biotite
Seiland Island, Alta, Finnmark, Norway
1.9" long, 1.5" wide. Largest Crystal .5"