Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

One Word Photo Challenge: Black

schorl 1


schorl 2


schorl 3

Black schorl, with white microcline and tan muscovite

The specimen measures 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 2.0 cm

and is from Dassu, Pakistan

Schorl is a variety of tourmaline; microcline is a variety of feldspar;

Muscovite is a variety of mica.

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Inspired by Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge

Categories: Blog Blog Blog, Mineral Collecting

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20 replies

  1. what an absolutely stunning piece! I’m inspired 😉 Best wishes, WG


  2. Maggie,

    I hope you’re happy. You’re turning me into an amateur geologist! Every time you post a specimen I feel compelled to look it up. So . . . does your schorl sample exhibit any magnetic properties?;)

    Btw, lovely picture! I love the contrast of the shiny black to the matte white and slightly pearlized tan. It makes me think of a bacterium being engulfed by a white blood cell. I also like that if you look closely you can see the laminae on the muscovite (see! I did look it up!). Thanks for sharing!



  3. [evil maniacal laughter][to herself… gooooood, my evil plan is working] Ahem. You were saying? Oh, yes, the schorl. Um, one moment please. Nope, no magnetism that I can detect with a rare earth magnet. That’s interesting, though. My first choice for today was magnetite.(this schorl was my third) I’m glad you are enjoying the minerals. I actually got a little lazy today and decided against any “teaching moments.” Maybe next week!


  4. Such a rich warm black, fantastic!


  5. Bee-yoo-tiful, Maggie ! Stunning, in fact … I begin to get a faint feeling for your passion for minerals …


  6. The first photo looks like a sea-chest, long underwater, barnacled, damaged, broken open, with SOMEthing, corroded by salt water, spilling out of it.

    (Or, could that be a previously unknown, and possibly menacing, undersea creature?)

    I hadn’t known muscovite is mica. Too bad I won’t remember this stuff, ’cause it is interesting, Maggie!


    • I like your imaginings. Don’t worry, no sea creatures here!
      Yeah, there are about three dozen varieties of mica! I wouldn’t worry about remembering. In mineralogy, it seems that everything is a moving target as science uncovers new information and revises old.
      I particularly like this piece for several reasons. It’s aesthetic, mostly free from damage (there’s a spot not shown where one of the microcline pieces popped out and left a small dimple in the schorl) it’s the right size for our thumbnail collection AND I found it all on my ownsome at a mineral show. Plus it was very inexpensive. Score!


  7. Turmalin – one of my favorites…


  8. Beautiful! A very interesting specimen indeed. You’re turning me into a bit of an amateur geologist as well!


  9. Nifty photo – looks kinda like licorice



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