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Specimen # 102001
Mineral: Clinochlore from Mali
Location: Clinochlore, Arrondissement Diako, Cercle de Bafoulabé, Kayes Region, Mali
Size: 3.9 x 3.4 x 3.0 cm


Detailed Description

This is a cluster of clinochlore books and rosettes, and it’s a floater with no point of attachment. The rosettes are stacked up together, with a prominent one at the top of the piece (as I’d display it). The clinochlore crystals are beautiful deep green – they look black from the edges and face-on they have very fine colour. In very good condition (excellent for the find), with edge rubs in places. A nice display specimen of a mineral that is rarely a display mineral, and the top rosette shows good green as displayed.

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About These Clinochlore Specimens

These were found in 2011 by a geologist prospecting for economic ore minerals. The clinochlores were not considered by the propsector to be interesting specimens, and so they were only tracked down more recently. A very soft mineral, excavated by a commercial prospector looking for something else… you can imagine that most from the lot were not fine mineral specimens at all. Many of the pieces I examined looked like they had been run over by a bulldozer. Repeatedly. However, a very few are really nice, particularly under good lights, where the green becomes visible.  I am not aware of any specimens from this find that were pristine – these represent the best few out of the few hundred that I saw. Good clinochlore specimens are not easy to come by, so I was very pleased to find these.

Additional information

Dimensions 30 × 39 × 34 cm