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Curetonite - Sold

Curetonite is a barium aluminum titanium phosphate. Williams (1979) named the species after father and son mineral collectors Forrest Cureton (1932- ) and Michael Cureton (1960- ). Curetonite remains a single locality species; it seems that little (or no?) new material came to light after the 1980s.

Curetonite here forms green blades to 2 mm, which is large for the species. Sid Williams described the color as "nickel green". The curetonite blades appear partially altered to baryte, showing their color generally where broken. Note: the bottom of this specimen is sawn. Two vintage labels accompany the piece: Mineralogical Research Company and Mathiasen Minerals.