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Vauxite - Sold

Vauxite is a hydrated iron aluminum phosphate. Gordon (1922) named the mineral in honor of George Vaux, Jr. (1863–1927), American lawyer and mineral collector, benefactor to the Philadephia Academy of Science. Vauxite has a distinctive blue color with a gray tinge, and forms crusts of tiny (about 1 mm) triclinic crystals. The mineral forms from the alteration of wavellite in high temperature tin veins. This is a beautiful specimen, of the quality and color seen in the early (1930s–40s) material. More recent finds lack this rich cornflower blue color. A delicate and fine specimen!