Apatite on Feldspar (Fluorescent)
Bulachi Mine, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 8.6 x 5.3 cm
A remarkable, sharp, pale pink apatite crystal sits atop a nicely trimmed matrix of albite feldspar on this combination piece. The apatite measures 5 cm across, and is razor sharp, as if carved! The contrast to the snow white matrix is striking. This is from a small find of around 2006-2007 as I recall, and I have only seen a few. Interestingly, as a bonus, the apatite fluoresces a striking orange color under the shortwave spectrum of UV light, and a glowing yellow color under longwave UV. Joe Budd Photos.