Tugtupite, Chkalovite - Greenland
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Bright cherry red fluorescing tugtupite on an analcime, lujavrite and albite matrix. Very nicely tenebrescent. Under LW the color shifts to salmon. The second side displays an unusual yellow fluorescence, most prominent under MW/LW. It could be sodalite but we are not sure, the habit is weird. The whitish fluorescence is from unknowns.
Tugtupite is a very rare mineral - found in only three places around the world (Kola Russia, Mt St Hilaire, and Greenland). Pieces from Greenland are the most sought after due to coverage, size and brightness.
We should note that, unlike hackmanite from Greenland, tugtupite is not quick to fade once it has changed color. Pieces might take days or even weeks to fade completely.
ÒFor ages, the Inuit of Greenland have understood the power of tugtupite. Legend has it that lovers can cause the stone to glow fiery red just from the heat of their romance. The brilliance and vibrant colors announce the intensity of their love.Ó (MinerShop - 2002)