*This is a minature specimen--please consider dimensions and examine scale photos carefully!*
This softly shaded little beauty is icy white phenakite (phenacite) crystals, on a matrix of white to grey muscovite mica. This distinctive combination is a classic mineral specimen from the famous Mt. Antero, Chaffee County, Colorado. This cluster is unique and aesthetic from all angles, with a slightly frosted look on the phenakite crystals, delicate "books" of muscovite mica, and a high level of luster overall. An ideal and efficient addition to any mineral collection!
Locality: Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co, CO.
Dimensions: 1.63” x 1.00” x 1.00” (42mm x 26mm x 26mm). Largest phenakite: 0.38” long.
Weight: contact me
Formation: Mt. Antero, in Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks, is the highest gem field in North America. At over 14,000 feet in elevation, this mountain yields some of the most iconic gems of this region—including aquamarine, fluorite, topaz, fluorite, mica, and smoky quartz.
Phenakite (or phenacite) is a fairly rare beryllium orthosilicate mineral. It is nicknamed “the deceiver”, due to its habit of resembling other minerals and formations. Some of the best known Phenakite deposits are in Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks, Russia, and Madagascar. Muscovite is the white to grey mica variety, and forms in the characteristic basal twinning “book” layers of all mica.
Healing: Phenakite is considered a high vibration mineral, with access to akashic records and angelic communication. It is believed to act as a consciousness connection to etheric realms. Muscovite is associated with stress release, promoting sleep and relaxation.