Albite

Albite is part of the Feldspar group, a group of Aluminum Silicate Minerals (AlSi3O8) that is collectively the most common minerals on the surface of the Earth. It is a very prevalent mineral, an abundant rock forming mineral and especially in the mineral specimen collecting world, it is well known as an “accessory mineral,” being associated with many high-end collectable minerals such as Tourmaline, Quartz, Muscovite, Spessartine, Aquamarine and many more. Its color can be white to grey, light blue, light green and dull red.

The crystal system for Albite is triclinic. Crystal forms are usually bladed and in groupings. Other forms include tabular, granular, columnar, rosette, coxcomb and massive.

Albite is a very common mineral, but localities that produce quality specimens are limited. A few notable locations include Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, Pakistan and the USA (Virginia).

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