The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.
Ah, another fairly rare phosphate mineral has popped up on my radar screen. The other day, in a fit of doing nothing of importance, I spotted a photo of a sparkling faceted gemstone called augelite. Somewhere from the back recesses of my mind a bell started ringing and forced my memory to “get in gear.” Yep, now I remember that at a Tucson show I picked up a specimen of augelite from a Peruvian dealer: 1) it was a “pretty” specimen; 2) it was a phosphate mineral; 3) it was not in my mineral vocabulary; 4) it was reasonably priced; and 5) the dealer was a pleasant person. Upon returning home I stuck the specimen in the drawer labeled South America #1 and promptly moved on to other “things.” OK, my mind works in mysterious ways so I recently hauled out the specimen and again thought it was nice and decided to widen my mineral vocabulary!
|A pale green crystal of augelite (A) attached to several gemmy quartz crystals (Q). The C-axis runs the length of the crystal. See below. Maximum length of crystal is ~1 cm.|
|A computer-generated crystal of augelite. Compare with photo above. Note C axis runs length of crystal. Image courtesy of www.smorf.nl. Original drawing in V.M. Goldschmidt, Atlas der Krystallformen, 1913-1923.|
|Augelite crystal shown above. Note tiny terminated quartz crystal extruding from crystal face at end of arrow. Length of quartz crystal is less than 1 mm.|