Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of Natural History

 

 

June 14, 1995


Dear Ron and Karen:

I received you rock specimen and request for information here in the Department of Mineral Sciences. Your specimen had us
somewhat stumped at first. In the future it would be extremely helpful to include information describing where the
specimen was found (at least which U.S. state).

Your specimen is nephrite, a variety of jade. To determine this I looked at a thin section. What makes it unusual is the fact that it has orbicular structure. “Orbicular” implies that the rock contains “concentric shells of different texture and/or mineralogy about a central core.” “*Orbicules can be very different and “The heterogeneity of orbicules implies that no single explanation of origin is applicable to all occurrences. “*There are many theories for orbicule formation (at least 6 or 7) that you can easily research yourself, and would be difficult to attempt to explain in a letter.

Nephrite is a metamorphic rock that commonly occurs at convergent margins – places where two tectonic plates collide, and
subduction occurs (one plate forced under another), producing high temperature and pressure environments. I have enclosed a page out
of a good reference that included a little more information.

Thank you for thinking of the Smithsonian Institution.

July ‘95:  On a subsequent call we were informed that the Smithsonian Institution did not now think it was nephrite but had never seen this type of stone, and they could not figure out what it was…or where it came from!

The Smithsonian Institute wanted a large specimen for display at their Earth, Sciences and Space Museum.


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"It is unlike anything any of us have ever seen”
“I cannot find anything like it in the literature.”
“This rock is obviously something New or at least Unusual.”

                                            American Museum of Natural History

                                            Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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"Your specimen is nephrite, a variety of jade. To determine
this I looked at a thin section. What makes it unusual is the fact
that it has orbicular structure. “Orbicular” implies that the rock
contains “concentric shells of different texture and/or mineralogy
about a central core.” 

...and afterwards by phone they said their  conclusion of Nephrite was in error and then said “We have never seen this type stone and cannot figure out what it is and where it came from.”

                                                              Smithsonian Institution

                                                 National Museum of Natural History
                                                 Rock and Ore Collection
       
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"Jadeite, a member of the pyroxene group has the formula: (NA, AL, FE) SI2 06.
This is a much better fit to your X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDX) results.
In conclusion I think it is Jadeite, and perhaps the special version Chloromelanite."

                                                Dr. Dave Douglass

                                       Douglass minerals
                                        Retired mineralogical researcher UCLA.

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"It is a fresh and Unusual alkalik volcanic rock predominantly composed of the four minerals Quartz, Anorthoclase, Riebeckite and Aegirine. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibers are Riebeckite needles mantled with fine grained Aegirine. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz.”       

                                                     Dr. Sid Williams  

                                                             Consulting Petrographer. Globo De Plomo
                                                            Co-Author of Mineralogy of Arizona
 
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