A very nice specimen of a rare Tourmaline, Luinaite-(OH) on Quartz from the Bald Hornet claim, North Bend, King County, Washington. This species was approved by the IMA in Sept. 2009, and is currently known from 8 locales worldwide. What is unusual about this species is that it is the only known monoclinic variety of Tourmaline; normally tourmaline is trigonal-rhombohedral. (This was determined by SXRD studies which looked at cation ordering at the atomic level.)
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Vanadinite from the small ‘Orange Crush’ Pocket, Mibladen, Khenifra Province, Morocco, mined in April of 2016. This pocket had orange to brownish-red crystals with a lustrous metallic chatoyancy, and uncommon stepped crystal form. The next Mineralogical Record is set to have an article about this exceptional, very small find. Measures 3.3 x 3 x 2.6 cm.