Vesuvianite, also known as doorcase, is a green, brown, yellow, or blue silicate mineral. Vesuvianite occurs as tetragonal crystals in skarn deposits and limestones that have been subjected to contact metamorphism.
It was first discovered within included blocks or adjacent to lavas on Mount Vesuvius, hence its name. In this particular specimen, there is a Fine set of ten sharp, individual Vesuvianite crystals, on the matrix.
The color is a deep cinnamon-brown with flashes of red, indicating some amount of gumminess. The luster on the striated faces is superb, with the terminations being complete with only a few minor dings on a few of the crystals, and frosted.
An attractive specimen from a small find in Pakistan. It is a rich, cluster of ‘Alpine cleft’-type Vesuvianite crystals with incredible luster. There are dozens of very sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, “root beer”-colored prisms of Vesuvianite.
These Vesuvianite crystals form a dense, aesthetic cluster, especially on the presentation side where they splay out almost radially.
The crystals have gemmy terminations where you can see sparkles of the clove-brown color. Much better in person, even. These came only in a few pockets, especially in such quality, and on matrix, it’s one of the finest we have seen!