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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2017 15:45    Post subject: Phenakite from Mozambique?  

Hi All,

I like to collect phenacite and have recently stumbled upon one claimed by the seller to be a rare gray/blue sample from Mozambique. I so far haven't been able to find much reference to that locality producing phenacites. Do you think this sample is actually phenacite and/or from Mozambique?

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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2017 15:54    Post subject: Re: Phenacite from Mozambique?  

Hi,

None from Moçambique....
https://www.mindat.org/gallery.php?min=3188

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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2017 04:55    Post subject: Re: Phenacite from Mozambique?  

How about:

https://www.mindat.org/loc-21089.html

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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2017 05:18    Post subject: Re: Phenacite from Mozambique?  

In the midat page for Muiâne pegmatite, it states that a bunch of species at this locality were identified from fluid inclusions. It may be that there are no "macro" specimens of phenakite from this locality. One would have to go to the Thomas and Davidson (2010) article to find out.
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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2017 06:08    Post subject: Re: Phenacite from Mozambique?  

Dear James, Matt

If found in fluid inclusions, then, very small ones.
On the other side, consulting the cousin page of Mineralien Atlas, well, not mentioned...

That for Alto Ligonha Pegmatites
https://www.mineralienatlas.de/lexikon/index.php/Mosambik/Zambezia%2C%20Provinz/Alto%20Ligonha%20Pegmatite

That for all occurrences in world
https://www.mineralienatlas.de/lexikon/index.php/MineralDataShow?mineralid=3025&sections=12
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Sure an error in any of the two pages. I am more inclined to believe that error is in Mindat...

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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2017 09:18    Post subject: Re: Phenakite from Mozambique?  

Thanks everyone for the information. I've done some more research and I think these crystals are not phenacite. I've never seen gray/blue color pieces nor samples from that locality. But, blue herderite does seem to fit. If I had access to them, I'd test the hardness.
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