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Cobaltoan Calcite and Zeiringite

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Gem Location:Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Pallars Sobirà, Lleida (Lérida), Catalonia, Spain
Treatments:None reported
Features Illustrated:None reported
33.65 carats oval cabochon. Pink layers are coarsely crystalline cobaltoan calcite, probably associated with pink aragonite layers. White and blue-green fibrous layers are probably aragonite. The bluish color of these layers may be due to a content of nickel and/or micro inclusions of aurichalcite (zeiringite). Field of view 22 mm.

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