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Pyromorphite is a lead phosphate chloride. The mineral name derives from the Greek roots "pyro" and "morph", since the mineral crystallizes when cooling from a melt. While known for its green color, pyromorphite has no intrinsic chromophore; the pure synthetic compound is white. Professor Friedrich Hausmann (1782–1859) of the University of Göttingen (Germany) assigned this species its current name in his 1813 Handbuch der Mineralogie.

This is a tangled moss like aggregate of rich green pyromorphite. Individual crystals here average 5 mm, but they cluster and twist to form vine-like aggregates. This piece shows the revered, rich green color of French pyromorphite. Not many this color. Nice!

Price: $200

Item code: MS1398

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