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 Lepidocrocite Included Quartz

 

Gemstone :
Lepidocrocite Included Quartz

Birthstone Month :
Lepidocrocite is not associated with any particular birthstone month.

Zodiac :
Lepidocrocite is not associated with any particular zodiac sign.

Chemical Symbol :
FeO(OH)

Chemical Make-up :
Lepidocrocite is a Hydrated Iron Oxide. Lepidocrocite is occasionally found included in Quartz, a Silicon Dioxide.

History & Lore :
Lepidocrocite was first described in 1813, from the Zlate Hory polymetallic ore deposit in Moravia, Czech Republic. The name is derived from the Greek word 'lepidos', meaning “scale, and 'krokis', meaning “thread”.

Availability :
Lepidocrocite is a rather unimportant and relatively rare mineral.

Sources :
Lepidocrocite is found in the weathering of primary Iron minerals and in Iron ore deposits. It also occurs as rust scale inside water tanks and old steel water pipes.

A few noteworthy Lepidocrocite deposits can be found in Australia, Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United States.

Lepidocrocite is one of 295 minerals that have been discovered in meteorites. It is caused by iron oxidation on weathered iron-rich meteorites.

 

Evaluation :
The mineral Lepidocrocite is a relatively soft mineral, rated at a 5 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness. It has a specific gravity of 4, a submetallic luster, and a yellow-brown streak. The color of Lepidocrocite ranges from a dark yellow, to brown, to brownish-red, to red, to a dark red. Lepidocrocite crystals may occasionally be tarnished with iridescent colors, making them appear very similar to the mineral Hematite.

Common Cuts :
Common Cuts do not apply to Lepidocrocite.

Routine Enhancements :
There are no known enhancements for Lepidocrocite.

Care & Cleaning :
Care & Cleaning does not apply to Lepidocrocite.

   
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