Gypsum, var. Selenite
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Gypsum, var. Selenite

Specimen # 101015
Mineral: Gypsum, var. Selenite
Location: Gypsum, var. Selenite, Herbertsmithite, Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Lower Silesia, Poland
Size: 5.4 x 4.4 x 3.7 cm


Detailed Description

Very unusual for Willow Creek, this is a cluster of colourless, transparent, sharp selenite crystals. There a are a few banded inclusions inside some of the crystals as well. The cluster is centered one one main crystal, with smaller crystals radiating our from a central point on the largest crystal. In excellent condition. Stands perfectly for display as photographed. Really different to see a cluster like this from this locality.

The third photograph is in short-wave ultraviolet light, showing the internal patterns not visible in natural light.

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About these Selenites

These selenite specimens were recovered during a project at Willow Creek, near Nanton, Alberta in the early 1990s. The occurrence was in clay, which preserved and protected the crystals from weathering.

Willow Creek selenite crystals are fluorescent under ultraviolet light, exhibiting an “hourglass” pattern that is not visible in normal light – this can be seen in the one photograph. It is clearly visible in short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave ultraviolet, most prominent in short-wave. These crystals are also phosphorescent – the hourglass pattern remains briefly visible in a green hue in total darkness after the ultraviolet light source is extinguished – the selenite crystal then fades and then it too is dark.

These selenites are in excellent condition.

Willow Creek selenites are some of the finest known from Canada. They are super crystals!

[Notes about care: Selenite has a low surface hardness, and care should be taken to protect from scratching. Selenite is also sensitive to repeated or prolonged exposure to water (it will lose lustre), so this should be avoided.]

Additional information

Dimensions 54 × 44 × 37 cm