Fan-shaped epidote crystal cluster (MiESP113)

$750.00$761.25

A unique top-quality combination of three fan-shaped epidote crystal clusters (MiESP113) grown together at different angles. This miniature-sized specimen is standing out as consisting of three free-standing fan-shaped crystal clusters that have grown together at different angles. The single crystals in those fan-shaped clusters are finely separated and of beautiful luster. There are only a few places around the world that produce fan-shaped crystals. This one comes from Gemrock Peru´s crystal mining project in Lima province, Peru. We have not seen a combination of fan-shaped epidote clusters like this from anywhere else in the world so far and our own mining operation has produced only a handful of similar specimens that all can be seen on this website.

Miniature size: 40 x 26 x 21 mm.

Weight: 11.4 gr

Origin: Peru, Lima Province, Gemrock crystal mining operation

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Fan-shaped epidote crystal cluster (MiESP113)

A unique top-quality combination of three fan-shaped epidote crystal clusters (MiESP113) grown together at different angles. This miniature-sized specimen is standing out as consisting of three free-standing fan-shaped crystal clusters that have grown together at different angles. The single crystals in those fan-shaped clusters are finely separated and of beautiful luster. There are only a few places around the world that produce fan-shaped crystals. This one comes from Gemrock Peru´s crystal mining project in Lima province, Peru. We have not seen a combination of fan-shaped epidote clusters like this from anywhere else in the world so far and our own mining operation has produced only a handful of similar specimens that all can be seen on this website.

Miniature size: 40 x 26 x 21 mm.

Weight: 11.4 gr

Origin: Peru, Lima Province, Gemrock crystal mining operation

 

Gemrocks mining for fan-shaped epidote crystal cluster

Epidote is a silicate that contains the elements Ca, Fe, Al, Si, O, and H. The area in Lima province where Gemrock Peru operates its first crystal mining operation is a skarn area. Epidote is a common mineral in skarn areas. Most skarns do form when a magma body intrudes carbonate rocks such as limestone, dolomite stone, or marble. This leads to contact metamorphism. Under those circumstances, the magma releases water as it cools. As a result, the water moves through the surrounding rock. It flows or diffuses through pore spaces, fractures, and even the mineral grains that make up the rock. These acidic waters are superheated and supersaturated with dissolved metal ions, especially calcium and silicon. Consequently, as it invades carbonate rock, the hot, acidic, metal-laden water becomes a major agent of change. It dissolves, replaces, recrystallizes, and alters minerals in the rock.

Consequently, this leads to an incredible variety of rare mineral combinations and unusual crystal growth forms.

About fan-shaped epidote crystals

Well-developed crystals of epidote are normally crystallizing in the monoclinic system: they are commonly prismatic in habit, the direction of elongation being perpendicular to the single plane of symmetry. The often twinned crystals commonly have deeply striated faces. In the case of our mining area epidote forms very rare fan-shaped layers of crystals. To date, one of the few locations for fan-shaped crystals was Pakistan.

Many of the characteristics of the mineral vary with the amount of iron present, for instance, the color, the optical constants, and the specific gravity. The color is green, grey, brown, or nearly black, but usually a characteristic shade of yellowish-green or pistachio-green. Epidote displays strong pleochroism (or iridescence), which means their optical properties vary with the direction of light. The direction of the electric field determines the polarization of light, and crystals will respond in different ways if this angle is changed.

 

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In addition to this, we will match your support. We will reward your conscious act by matching your support with the same amount. This way we are doubling the donation. Therefore we are creating a carbon-positive product that removes more carbon from the atmosphere than it adds to it.

With Gemrock Peru your crystal products have been ethically mined and produced and are environmentally friendly. Also, read our 2021 Sustainability Report.

 

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