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Pezzottaite


Pezzottaite is a lithium cesium beryllium silicate related to beryl, first noted as bubble-gum pink crystals dubbed "raspberry beryl" at the 2003 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Gemologists noted a refractive index too high for beryl. Pegmatite scientists from all over the world came together to describe the new mineral, which they named after Federico Pezzotta, a pegmatite scientist and mineral collector (Laurs et al. 2003).

This specimen is a single crystal, showing a partial pinacoidal face, and several vicinal faces, but is largely contacted where it grew up against other minerals. Excellent transparency and good size.

Price: $250

Item code: MS1261

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