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Author:  gingerkid [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:56 pm ]
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from Mr. Richard Hughes' website

"The corundalope is probably the rarest of all known corundums. An endangered species, it may nowadays be found only in laboratories. This specimen is cared for by Union Carbide's Milan Kokta (left) and Jeff Cooke."
i'm sure most of us have seen this image of the corundalope/rubylope on
makes me laugh every time i see it!!

lol, here's what i wanted to share...

this is from a Gems & Gemology article on Zincite. i found the article on the All That Glitters website by Allen Brown, GG, on "The Zincite Story." ... letter.htm

"Zincite, another 90's synthetic, is reported to have formed by vapor deposition as an accidental by-product of an industrial kiln process used to produce zinc-based paint."

from Jeff Graham's website, RIP, Jeff!!
"Polish zincite-material is man-made by accident. It was found in a smelter in Poland after the furnace walls had developed a crack. These crystals formed in the air vents, it must have been quite a site for the person who discovered them."

"a big long bogus zincite from Poland?"
photograph from Trinity Mineral Company

here are 3 faceted zincites which were examined by GIA in 1995. photograph from GIA

more on zincite which is also found in other locations around the world:

excellent faceted zincite stones:

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:36 pm ]
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cool..I have not see n the corundalope beofre..ha ha..thanks for the little report on zincite!!!

Author:  gingerkid [ Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:41 pm ]
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:lol: i'm glad you enjoyed the corundalope/rubylope, amguy!! i thought it was one of the funniest things i've seen and read. check out mr. hughes website-you'll love his writings!! makes it fun to learn...

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