Clinochlore (Var: Chromian Clinochlore)
Kop Krom mine, Kop Daglari, Erzurum Province, Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey
Thumbnail, 2.9 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm
There is nothing that quite matches the vivid purple-red hue of chromian clinochlore found in a series of remarkable pockets some 20 years ago at the Kop Krom Mine in Turkey. This exquisite toenail specimen features discrete, beautifully gem crystals to 1.0 cm aesthetically set in a small, well-placed vug atop a shapely, columnar shard of matrix. The vug is totally lined with microcrystals. Ex. Jamie Bird Collection.