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Location Help

Posted by Adam Berluti  
Adam Berluti May 25, 2012 06:02PM

I need help finding the location of these specimens.

The first photo is a fluorite, from Mexico?
The second is a gypsum, desert rose
and the third is a elbaite

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Adam Berluti May 25, 2012 06:06PM
A few more elbaites from the same lot. In the last photo, it looks like the elbaite was once locked in quartz

Thanks in advance
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Rock Currier May 26, 2012 08:18AM
The first could be a fluorite from Mexico. You can view our Mexican Fluorites and see if you can find a match.

The second is a blowtorched gypsum Mun. de Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. By blowtorched I mean that the locals that mine and sell them often use a blowtorch to remove some of the water from the the top ridges of the gypsum crystals which changes it to anhydrite which is white.

The third looks like a tourmaline from somewhere. I would not even want to guess at a locality. It could be from so many places.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Tom Klinepeter May 26, 2012 12:27PM
As Rock said the tourmaline is impossible to tell where it might be from. For specimens like that I label them as Planet Earth, that way I have the correct locality on the label.
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