Fluorapatite with Parsettensite
Foote Lithium Co. Mine, USA
Foote Lithium Co. Mine , Kings Mountain District, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA
An absolutely incredibly, world-class fluorapatite specimen from the Foote Mine in Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA! This specimen features a chain of 2cm+, cranberry-purple fluorapatite crystals that have formed over a pegmatitic matrix that has been coated with the rare mineral parsettensite. Crystals over 1cm are exceedingly rare at the Foote Mine, making this a very significant, museum-level specimen. The Foote Mine began operations in about 1938. It is famous for rare phosphates and silicates, boasting an impressive list of over 150 species! In it’s prime, the Foote produced some of the finest fluorapatite and bikitaite in the world, along with many other minerals such as rhodochrosite, lithiophyllite, roscherite, fairfieldite, childrenite, etc. The mine has since ceased operations and is now flooded. Material from this rather obscure U.S locality is very hard to find on the market today, and typically consists of small micromounts. Ex. Jack Eaker, mine geologist.