Haunye, Gonnardite, Calcite - Afghanistan
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Blue “hauyne” atop a matrix of calcite. The calcite is very bright under midwave, dimmer under shortwave. The gonnardite bluish white under SW. We prefer displaying these specimens under fullwave (FW) as that makes each corresponding mineral pop, but they are respectable under any wavelength.
We’ve made contact with a miner in the Afghan areas and have a supply of mine fresh material. The fluorescent activators have not been studied very much from this area. It’s very unclear what is going on with most of the material from this locality, but as we get more material and discover new fluorescent minerals we will have them analyzed for proper IDs. But they sure do make for some confusing but amazingly beautiful fluorescent specimens. This piece (as most from Afghanistan) is best displayed using multiple wavelengths, and shows best under a combination of longwave, midwave and shortwave, although it is very respectable under SW alone (second pic) - or even MW or LW alone.