Gyrolite

Gyrolite, Quartz, Calcite Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India Cabinet, 13.9 x 9.8 x 5.8 cm © irocks
Chemical Formula: NaCa16Si23AlO60(OH)8·14H2O
Locality: Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK.
Name Origin: From the Greek guros = “circle”, in allusion to the round form of the crystalline groupings.
Gyrolite often forms nodular aggregates. These aggregates can appear glassy, dull or even fiberous. Unlike other similar looking minerals (such as prehnite or smithsonite), gyrolite usually forms individual nodules as opposed to botryoidal or crustal growths. The aggregate nodules can often accompany many fine and rare minerals such as apophyllite, okenite and many of the zeolites. Much gyrolite forms inside of volcanic bubbles called vesicles and can only add another element to the surreal “landscape” inside.

Physical Properties

Color: Brown, Colorless, Yellow, White, Light green.
Density: 2.45 – 2.51, Average = 2.48
Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent
Fracture: Brittle – Uneven – Very brittle fracture producing uneven fragments.
Hardness: 2.5 – Finger Nail
Luminescence: Fluorescent, Short UV=white, Long UV=white.
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Magnetism: Nonmagnetic
Streak: white

Photos :

Gyrolite with minor Prehnite on Quartz Malad Quarry (Kandivali Quarry), Malad, Ward 38, Mumbai (Bombay), Mumbai District (Bombay District), Maharashtra, India Specimen weight:220 gr. Crystal size:Up to 18 mm Overall size: 85mm x 60 mm x 40 mm © minservice
Prehnite with Gyrolite Locality: Mumbai, India Specimen Size: 6.0 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm (thumbnail) Largest Crystal: 7 mm © minclassics.
Gyrolite on Prehnite Locality: Mumbai (Bombay), India Specimen Size: 5.0 x 3.6 x 1.1 cm (miniature) Largest Crystal: 1.4 cm © minclassics.
Malad Quarry, Malad, Ward 38, Mumbai (Bombay), Mumbai District (Bombay District), Maharashtra, India
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