Meionite - Magenta,
This is the "Freaky Stone Head From
Easter Island" specimen. Mark
Boyer collection. Found several years ago on a field trip to the Noble
Pit at Sterling Hill. It's still one of the better examples of this
assemblage, not to mention the Easter Island tie-in.
The fluorapatite came out looking almost
gray, even though in real life it fluoresces more of an orange-brown.
The non-fl. areas are augite or "jeffersonite".
Finding and collecting fluorescent rocks shaped
like familiar objects could be a pastime of its own. The Franklin museum
has (had?) a big willemite & calcite they used to call "Moon Over Miami".
Then there was Dru Wilbur's "Space Ghost" manganaxinite, of which I
caught a glimpse at the last show.
The "stone head" specimen is about 7 inches