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Need help with locality on corundum

Posted by Donald Slater  
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Donald Slater August 04, 2012 07:52PM
I just acquired this large corunudum crystal in and old collection. I looked through the data base and found nothing like it. I know it is sometimes hard to determine a location but this one is pretty unique in size and color. It is a deep forest green, 6cm long, 4.5-4.8 cm across the top and weighs 355 grams. Does anybody have any ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.






Thanks



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Emil Box August 04, 2012 10:02PM
In "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals" is a photo of a grey-green 'Corundum in Gneiss'.
Among other corundum occurrences is mentioned "Crystals as much as 35 cm (14") in length have been observed in gneiss near Salesville, Gallatin Co., Montana..."

I hope it helps.

Greetings
Milo
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Rock Currier August 06, 2012 02:02AM
It could be from many places, but you might get lucky and someone here might give you a definite locality because of their experience with the locality.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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Bart Cannon August 06, 2012 07:43AM
I've collected all of the in situ Montana corundum locations.

There are only two colors of corundum in those places.

Gray, sometimes with a hint of blue, and plum color.

Never green.

There are many placer occurrences such as Cottonwood Creek, and those display every color of the rainbow, but those "sapphires" are never as large as what you describe.

Bart
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Yan Beaudet August 06, 2012 09:27PM
are you sure it's not a green apatite at this size.lol
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Owen Lewis (2) August 07, 2012 12:23AM
Quite a lot of this 'Forest Green' Beryl turns up on e-Bay, usually crudely carved and described as 'Emerald'.. The usual source for the ones I see is given as India.
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Donald Slater August 07, 2012 09:05PM
Thanks for the information all. I knew that it would not be easy to determine location but I do get lucky once in while. I hoped the size and color may be distinctive enough that someone might have seen one like it or may even have one in their collection.
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Ken Ceglady August 07, 2012 10:49PM
It looks similar in luster and habit to ones I have from Madagascar. Mine are pale blue and lavender, but I have seen green ones in the same lot.
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Donald Slater August 14, 2012 09:22PM
Thanks Ken. It could be a possibility. I think it is fairly old. I don't think the man has collected anything is a long time. It seems to be a lot harder to determine the locality than I thought. I am still counting on luck. I like it even without the location but it would be nice to know.
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