A Fluorescent Classic- Calcite and Willemite from the Franklin Mine, Franklin, New Jersey


This is a classic fluorescent specimen from the Franklin Mine, in Franklin, New Jersey- the self-proclaimed "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World."  This piece contains the two most commonly occurring, and among the most brightly fluorescent minerals from Franklin- calcite and willemite.  Viewed under short wave UV (254nm), the calcite shows a bright orange/red response, and the willemite fluoresces bright green.  Of historical interest, this piece contains the three primary ore minerals that were sought after by the zinc mines of Franklin- willemite, and non-fluorescent black franklinite and red/brown zincite.  The size of this specimen is 11.2 x 7.3 x 6.0 cm, 982 grams.



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