Bustamite
Bustamite: massive to coarsely-crystalline, translucent, pink.  Franklin, NJ.

Most Franklin bustamite doesn't actually resemble the specimen above.  The color is usually much more dull and the general appearance more silky or fibrous on a typical Franklin bustamite. 

I bought this one from Kurt Hennig at the Franklin show several years ago-- not only because of its unusually vibrant daylight color, but also because it fluoresces in long-wave UV. 

A long-wave UV photo of the above specimen may appear on this website sometime in the next decade or two, if I can remember where I put this rock.  In the meantime I do have another fluorescent bustamite I've photographed and will upload shortly.

Specimen is about 2 inches across.  Note the small amount of yellow andradite garnet.


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