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Papagoite (Messina)

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Papagoite (Messina)

Papagoite (Messina)

33g
41.53mm x 32.22mm
(AJO15)

Messina Ajoite is one of the rarest and most sought after crystals in the world.
It is one of the only crystals that appeals equally to both the serious mineral collectors as well as to metaphysical users and crystal healers.

It usually appears as bright blue phantoms within quartz crystals. Secondary inclusions sometimes occurring with Ajoite are Papagoite, Hematite, Limonite and Chlorite.

Ajoite was first discovered by the Papago Indian tribe in Ajo, Pomona County, Arizona where it was worn in the belief that it would bring the bearer peacefulness and purity and was highly valued as an ornamental and jewellery artefact of great power.

Up until 1960 this was the only known occurrence of this mineral.
The Messina copper mine in the Northern Transvaal, South Africa had hit a pocket of Ajoite in 1947 but did not recognise it as such and it was only when a second pocket was hit in 1960 was it identified.
Since 1960, there were only 9 pockets found, always where the copper ore seam crosses over the Messina fault, where the movement of the earths crust has left cavities and therefore space, for the crystals to form.
The last 2 pockets were found in 1991 by chief tunnel blaster Harry Smith at 14th level - 5th shaft at a depth of over 4000ft below the surface.
The tunnels were collapsed and cemented shortly after due to safety concerns.

The colour is a celestial blue. The stone has become popular because of its colour which is caused by a complex mineral of hydrated potassium sodium copper aluminium silicate hydroxide in the crystal.

Chemistry - CaCuAlSi206(OH)3
Hardness - 3.5
Specific gravity - 2.9 - 3.1

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Papagoite (Messina)