2.9" Fibrous, Magenta Erythrite Crystal Cluster - Morocco

This mineral specimen from the Bou Azzer mining district of Morocco features a natural arrangement of magenta-colored, fibrous erythrite crystals.

Erythrite is a soft and delicate secondary mineral, typically forming prismatic crystals in cobalt-bearing deposits. Erythrite from around the world is known for displaying a deep purple luster, with crystals from Bou Azzer, Morocco having some of the largest and most magnificent characteristics around. Finding specimens with large crystals is more rare than not, due to the difficulty in removing erythrite from it's matrix, without breakage.

Erythrite has the chemical formula Co3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O, meaning it contains arsenic. While it doesn't pose an immediate health risk from purely handling, ingestion in significant amounts and/or crushing and inhaling erythrite can be toxic. For this reason, we suggest washing hands after handling and keeping out of reach of children.
Bou Azzer Mining District, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
2.9 x 2.1"