Muscovite (Var: Lithian Muscovite), Quartz, Albite
Harding Mine (Harding pegmatite), Picuris District, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 5.1 x 3.9 cm
Two specimens of rare "rose" muscovite from a recent find in a pegmatite mine in Taos County, New Mexico. Muscovite is familiar in various hues beyond the usual silver: particularly green, yellow, lavender, and even a reddish orange (Canada). But this is truly a rare color for the mineral - and, it is from a U.S. locality. Self collected by friends of ours in Dallas.