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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2019 17:08    Post subject: Help with id  

Hi , about one year ago I get this samples from Veracruz.

The crystals have a great luster, hardness think 6 , they easily scratch the glass but no the quartz.

The fracture is irregular.

My first impression was cassiterite, or another zinc mineral, but I am not an expert.

Some pals say maybe a type of tourmaline or vesuvianite.

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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2019 19:55    Post subject: Re: Help with id  

Possibly andradite (var. melanite) garnet. Fine specimens come from Veracruz.
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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2019 22:15    Post subject: Re: Help with id  

A type of garnet is my gut reaction too. How uniform is the specimen? Is it mostly crystal or mostly matrix? It seems a good size to get a reasonable density value through water displacement.
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PostPosted: Apr 20, 2019 00:56    Post subject: Re: Help with id  

I agree that cassiterite and garnet (melanite) could be possible, but also tourmaline (schorl). It has the same hardness as quartz and would maybe leave no scratches on it ...

But is it confirmed that these crystals are from Veracruz? I have never seen anything like that from there :-/
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