1.3" Lemon-Yellow Apatite Crystal - Durango, Mexico

This is a mountain-dew green/yellow, apatite crystal from Cerro del Mercado (Iron Mountain) at Durango, Mexico. It's completely free of the matrix and has a small amount of hematite still attached. It has some minor chips throughout the crystal.

At Cerro de Mercado numerous veins containing gemmy, lemon yellow to greenish fluorapatite crystals cut through the hematite massif. These crystals have been collected for decades from the iron mines in Cerro de Mercado, but they have become much more scarce with recent mechanization of the mining operations.

The bright, lustrous crystals form hexagonal shapes with off-center terminations. They are found in vugs, often associated with quartz and calcite. Most crystals are around an inch in length, though larger crystals up to about 4 inches long have been found.
Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico
1.3" long