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    RARE FLUORESCENT TUGTUPITE
    Tasseq slopes, Ilimaussaq Complex, Narsaq, Kitaa Province, West Greenland
    This attractive little freeform contains a goodly quantity of the rare beryllium aluminum silicate: Tugtupite. This mineral is found in only three confirmed locations in the world, all within or close to the Arctic Circle, but the most productive area has been Greenland. It was first found there in 1957, at Tugtup Agtakôrfia, although it had long been known to the Inuit natives whose name for the mineral, Tuttupit, means "reindeer blood". The colorless Analcime matrix here plays host to soft pink Tugtupite all across its surface, and even includes some small vugs containing rarely seen micro-crystals. The derivation of its Inuit name becomes clear when exposed to shortwave UV light: the soft color becomes an incredible strong, deep red, dotted on one side by vivid flecks of green from a uranyl-activated impurity in the Analcime. In fact, some specimens even glow this deep red color when warmed by hand, and local tradition has it that the heat of lovers' passion will also produce the vibrant coloring. Frequently referred to as the "King of Fluorescents", this Inuit dating aid measures: 3½ x 3¼ x 3 inches (8.9 x 8.3 x 7.6 cm). Offered at no reserve.


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    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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