Mineral Specimen #4759 Bicolor Kyanite, Albite variety: Andesine, Quartz
Meeper Mine, Pisgah National Forest, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
A large, museum size piece of Kyanite blades frozen in white colored Albite and Quartz matrix. The specimen stands nicely without support as depicted in the first photo. The Kyanite varies in color from a light blue with a hint of green with darker, more vivid, blue colored material running through the middle of the crystals. The specimen is from an old mine where Kyanite was mined for the manufacture of spark plugs. The location is one of a series of pegmatites in the area which are believed to be the only magmatic occurrences of Kyanite in the world. Collecting has been prohibited for many years.
Flaws: Essentially massive material, none of the Kyanite crystals are terminated. There is some minor iron oxide staining on one side of the specimen (visible in the photos of that side).
13.4 x 10.8 x 7.5 cm
This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From the United States | Phyllosilicates | Minerals Priced Between 50 and 99 Dollars