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Virginia Unakite pendant in SS - 00649
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Vivianite from Richmond, Virginia - 00600
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Vivianite crystal in thumbnail box attached with mineral tack. The vivianite crystals formed in a fossil deposit where buried organic matter provided the phosphate for the vivianite to form.
Location: collected from 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia - from collection of Paul & Randy Dixon
size: about 1" x .5" x .25"

Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
"Sold without display props"
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia
Vivianite from the 1965 discovery in downtown Richmond, Virginia

For custom cutting, wire wrapping, silversmithing send from the Contact Us page. - Thanks, David


Added to our rock_shop on Friday 12 August, 2011.


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World-famous vivianite crystal clusters were found during the construction of a road and tunnel east of the Virginia State Capitol district. The occurrence was at 14th. and Ballard Streets next to what now is I-95 and Broad Street. About 330 feet west of the present Interstate 95 (formerly Richmond-Petersburg Toll Highway).
The discovery was first made in November of 1965
The deposit consisted of a mixture of illite clay (marl) with a layer of earthy dolomite concretions spaced along a horizontal zone.
Viviante was quite evident in the cracks of the concretions, but the real surprise came later when it was discovered that spectacular clusters and “powder puff” masses of viviante occurred in the soft clay surrounding many of the concretions. All one had to do was to feel around in the soft clay and pull out the specimens.
References:
Bland, Rudolph, 1966, "A New Discovery of Spectacular Vivianites in Virginia",
Rocks & Min. 41(3):165-167.
Rocks & Min. 52(5):228.
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