3.1" Polished Fuchsite Heart - Madagascar
This is a 3.1" wide heart that was formed sculpted and polished from fuchsite chert. It has been polished to a mirror like finish and was mined in Madagascar. The blue-green coloration is wonderful and the flakes of pyrite give the heart a unique sparkle.
Fuchsite chert also commonly referred to as "Dragon Stone" is cryptocrystalline quartz stone metamorphosed from Fuchsite. It was formed when the Fuchsite vein was subjected to intense pressure and dissolution from super hot ground waters which partially dissolved the Fuchsite into a silica solution, forming large boulders. Much of the material retains the emerald green coloring of Fuchsite, but can also be found in lighter shades of green. Fuchsite, also known as chrome mica, is a chromium rich variety of the mineral muscovite.
The mineral pyrite or iron pyrite is commonly referred to as Fool's Gold because its metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold. In the old mining days, pyrite was sometimes mistaken for gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals with the chemical formula FeS2. Pyrite crystals occur in many shapes and habits, including cubes of all sizes, penetration twin cubes, pyritohedral clusters and as small druzy crystals that can exhibit a beautiful glistening effect.