Marialite (Scapolite series), Phlogopite, Calcite, Albite, and Afghanite - Four Saturated Colors, On

Marialite is the sodium-rich variety of Scapolite and is the ID of most of the Scapolite found in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. The bright yellow fluorescence of the crystals are backed by bright butterscotch crystals of phlogopite, red fluorescing calcite, blue/white fluorescing albite, and orange fluorescing Afghanite. The photo below was taken under "Fullwave UV" - SW, MW, and LW. Each mineral responds best to certain wavelengths (see the rest of the pics in the gallery below). Some react with different colors depending on the wavelength.

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