Mineral Class: Various Minerals
Crystal System: Trigonal
Hardness: 7 - 7.5
Colors: Purple, Violet, Red, Brown, White
Auralite-23, also known as Red Cap Amethyst, is a rare blend of crystals and one of the earth’s oldest minerals; estimated to have formed over 1.2 - 1.5 billion years ago. Discovered in 2007, it is currently only found in the place of its initial discovery, north of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada. Auralite 23 gets its name from the 23 minerals which include 35 elements, scientists have discovered to be in it. Each piece generally contains 17 of these 23 minerals.
The 23 minerals are: Amethyst (SiO2), Titanite (CaTiSiO5), Pyrite (FeS2), Limonite (FeO(OH) · nH2O), Cacoxenite (Fe24(AlO6)(PO4)17(OH)12 · 75H2O), Goethite (FeO(OH)), Sphalerite (ZnS), Gialite (Cu5Si6O17 · 7H2O), Pyrolusite (MnO2), Covellite (CuS), Gold (Au), Copper (Cu), Bornite (Cu5FeS4), Rutile (TiO2), Epidote (Ca2(Al2,Fe)(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH)), Nickel (Ni), Magnetite ((Na,K)Cu7AlSi9O24(OH)6·3H2O), Hematite (Fe2O3), Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2), Silver (Ag), Lepidocrocite(FeO(OH)), Platinum (Pt), and Iron (Fe).
Although 23 minerals have been found in some crystals from this mine, it does not mean that all crystals found in this mine automatically contain them all. Most of the 23 minerals can only be seen under a microscope, with a few dominant crystals forging the appearance of this diverse stone (Amethyst, Quartz, and Hematite). All these incredible minerals work together to form one beautiful stone, reminding us the good that comes when we work together and unify under one common goal.