Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Crocoite

(Image of Crocoite found on ClassicGems.net)

Crocoite is a brilliant, fiery red to orange gem. It is a secondary mineral that forms in the the oxidized zone of lead deposits. Crocoite crystals tend to form as slender and elongated prismatic crystals, but they can also be hollow, or be granular or massive in form.  Some of the best examples of Crocoite come from Russia,Tasmania, Germany, and the state of California.

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