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Posted by Kristi Hugs  
Kristi Hugs February 10, 2012 09:09PM
My vendor says she purchased a new mineral in Tucson called Luxurranite. I cannot find anything about it anywhere. Is this so new that there is no info? I would love to know more about this!! Help?

thank you!
Alfredo Petrov February 11, 2012 01:35AM
I haven't heard of it. Perhaps a name just made up by a mystical vendor? They do like to take common cheap minerals and then raise the price ("value"?) for the mystical market by inventing fanciful names. Or it might be a new name recently approved by the I.M.A. that I just haven't heard of yet :-S

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/2012 03:15AM by Alfredo Petrov.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph February 11, 2012 01:51AM
Luxulyanite is a rock type (a type of granite) from Cornwall, uk
D Mike Reinke February 11, 2012 05:21AM

Come, now, what do you think? Any suspicions? What does the name sound like, that doesn't sound fishy? Your vendor couldn't give you any background info? Smells to me like dyed cheapoite. I know you'll understand the skepticism, we've talked about it before. Credulity and faith are two different things. Keep asking.

Stephanie Martin February 11, 2012 05:50AM
perhaps another derivitive spelling... Luxullianite

if you do not have a picture at least a description of the stone would be helpful...

stephanie :-)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/2012 05:51AM by Stephanie Martin.
Alfredo Petrov February 11, 2012 06:00AM
Mira did say it was a mineral, and not a rock type. If it's a healy-feely name, it may be a garbled version of Luxor, in Egypt, rather than the Cornwall rock.
Kristi Hugs February 12, 2012 05:37AM
Thanks all! I really do not know at this point. My vendor just emailed me and said she purchased something new at the Tucson show and she gave me that name. The spelling could be off, but I really won't know anymore until I see it. All of your input is very helpful and yup Mike, I am totally skeptical myself on this one. I figured Jolyon was in Tucson, so maybe he would run across it :)

I will let you know more when we go up to visit next month.

Thanks again all! I knew you would have the answers. I love you guys and gals!
Kristi Hugs February 22, 2012 10:11PM
Ok, I finally got a piece of this "New find" in my hand. She spelled it differently this time......Luxerite. I still can't find it :)
So, thoughts? I know, I know, I do not have a lot of info. I am compiling info. The picture will be the start :)

Thanks so much!!
open | download - Luxerite.jpg (157.7 KB)
D Mike Reinke February 23, 2012 04:39AM
My first thought is Rhodolite. go to the mindat gallery esp. the Russia samples, pink w/ dark manganese streak.
Happy compiling, whatever else others may help with....

Stephanie Martin February 23, 2012 05:24AM
I think Mike meant Rhodonite. There are a couple possibilities that come to mind, but to me the salmon pink does look like feldspar which would lean me toward granite.

It does somewhat resemble this rough piece I found on ebay:

stephanie :))
Peter Trebilcock February 23, 2012 09:27AM
It certainly resembles the pink feldspar granites we come across in the Luxulyan valley where i live and work,if the black areas look like acicular tourmaline then this would be my best guess.The name specimen shown( luxurranite) is interesting but has no resemblence to the true luxulyanite granite as we know it..
Reiner Mielke February 23, 2012 04:18PM
Looks like pink feldspar with biotite, maybe a syenite?
Kristi Hugs February 23, 2012 04:22PM
I do not see any acicular type formations. Just black blobs, but that could be because this piece is tumbled and not natural.

Awesome Stephanie, thanks!! I copied that info to share with my vendor. I did ask her yesterday if she could at least share where the specimen came from since they were touting it at Tucson as a "new find". She said she did not ask, so I am at a wall on that one.

I do know that there is just not enough factual information on this piece at this time for me to sell it to my customers. I will keep investigating. All of your thoughts, suggestions and encouragement is so very helpful! Thank you!!
Dean Allum February 24, 2012 03:57PM
I know where there is a mountain of this seyenitic granite in rough form. Most is more interesting than the one you showed. I'd be happy to send some to you if you covered the postage.
Dean Allum
Steven Kittleson February 24, 2012 04:58PM

Here is an exerpt from the link Stephanie M gave.

"Luxullianite Natural Piece - Luxullianite (also Luxulyanite, Luxulianite) is a rare type of granite, notable for the presence of clusters of radially arranged acicular tourmaline crystals enclosed by phenocrysts of orthoclase and quartz in a matrix of Quartz, Tourmaline, Alkali Feldspar, Brown Mica and Cassiterite. The name originates from the village of Luxulyan in Cornwall, England, where this type of Granite is found. This lovely natural example measures approx. 4.8 cms x 4.4 cms x 2.0 cms at the widest points".

I think that probably explains it.


To absent memory...still bright.
Kristi Hugs February 24, 2012 06:24PM
Hey there,
yup! thanks! I copied the same link info (thanks stephanie) and sent it on to my vendor. I have now begun the process of retraining her...LOL Location! Location! Location! :)

Ya'll are the best, thanks so much!
Nina September 08, 2013 12:51PM
I have several pieces of Luxulyanite, given to me when I lived in Redmoor ...:-)
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