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Is this Purpurite

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I found this rather strange stone, it might be purpurite but I'm not sure.

I've file a section with a diamond file and it seems to be a deep metallic purple with some red spots.

It also has these tinny little very shinny spots all over the surface and throughout the filed section, like star dust.

I can also pick it up with a magnet.

It also feels rather heavy for it's size.

It was found in Australia near an old gold mine.

It doesn't seem brittle at all so perhaps it isn't purpurite?.

It's very hard to take a decent picture, but it is a rather nice looking purple stone with sparkles, especially in the water.

I'd love to know what it is.



asked Jun 4, 2016 by Kylie McKibbin (120 points)

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Purpurite is a phosphate and usually found in granite pegmatites, the most common origination of purpurite. Purpurite is not attacted to magnetic fields, so your assessment of purpurite is highly improbable. On what basis did you come to the conclusion that this may be purpurite?
answered Jul 24, 2016 by hershel (52,580 points)

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