3.3" Lustrous, Blue-Green Fluorapatite Crystal - New Find!

This is a gorgeous, blue-green fluorapatite crystal, collected from Dodoma, Tanzania. It's part of a new find out of the Mpwapwa District where these crystals are found naturally associated with diopside. A small amount of diopside can actually be found at the base of this crystal. It has been mounted to an acrylic display base with glue.

The crystal was likely dipped in an acid bath to clean the surrounding mineral from the fluorapatite.

Fluorapatite is the most common variety in the apatite group. It forms early in almost all igneous rock as small, microscopic crystals. It can display a wide variety of colors and can be confused with beryl, phenakite and milarite. Often forming bright, lustrous crystals with hexagonal faces and off-center terminations. They are found in vugs, often associated with quartz and calcite. Most complete crystals are around an inch in length, though larger crystals up to about 4 inches long have been found.
Fluorapatite & Diopside
Mpwapwa District, Dodoma, Tanzania
3.3 x 1.4"