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Something else from Northern Finland

Posted by claire Brimson  
claire Brimson April 29, 2012 04:24PM
Please could someone help me ID these please - thank you.

I have 5 of these tiny deep pink-red wine coloured crystals, all of which are appear to be rombinen or trigoninen in shape, I can see the sides under a x8 hand lens on all of them. The bigest does not appear to be as clear colour as others - they appear more transparent even though very small. I tried scratching it with penknife - nothing! They were found in an area Haukipudas, North west Finland.

Any ideas please?

Many thanks for your help.

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Paul Brandes April 29, 2012 05:25PM
Looks like a garnet in a mica schist matrix.
Awesome little crystals!! (tu)
Ulf Nyberg April 29, 2012 07:40PM
The crystals are garnets, most probably almandine.

Piotr Zając April 29, 2012 08:56PM
That's right. Tiny, but very beautiful almandine in mica schist.
WOLFGANG NOACK April 29, 2012 10:21PM
they look like tiny garnets in possible mica shist
claire Brimson April 30, 2012 07:30PM
Many thanks for your help



And happy May Day to you all. (Happy Vappu - Finnish)
Eligiusz Szełęg May 07, 2012 10:26AM
looks like corundum (ruby)
claire Brimson May 07, 2012 05:21PM
They certainly appear to have less side to them than my other almandine garnets.... I prised one out the other day, it appeared rhombinen in shape under a x8 magnification, however, I lost it amongst the pages of my study books!
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