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Palermoite - Sold

Palermoite is a lithium strontium phosphate mineral. The mineral name denotes the type locality, the Palermo pegmatite (Mrose, 1953). Later work by Frondel & Ito (1965) and a crystal structure solution by Moore & Araki (1975) led to a revision of the chemical formula and demonstrated an isomorphous relationship with carminite. This specimen consists of sooty manganese bearing matrix "wad" showing microcrystals of stewartite, fluorapatite, and palermoite. Palermoite forms elongated pseudohexagonal crystals.

This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited. Merrill's collection card and label ship with the specimen.