GEORGIA LAZULITE" HISTORY
LAZULITE is rarely found with well-developed
crystal faces anywhere on earth. In most cases it forms small grains or nodules. Handsome crystals
are found only at a very limited number of sources. Graves Mountain Mine, now reclaimed, is located in East Georgia and is one of the best occurrences in the world. The mine itself was mined
primarily for its Kyanite supply.
The lazulite occurs in an intrusive rock matrix of quartzite bearing
kyanite and pyrite. Other key minerals extracted through the years are some of the best rutile specimens ever
found. The rutile crystals range from magnificent miniatures to giant sized crystals with sharp, bright faces.
Pyrophylilite and iridescent hematite were also interesting by products. The iridescent hematite displays rainbow
colors within cavities and on the surface due to iron oxidation. The pyrophyllite formed delicate spraylike or
burst of needle crystals.
The rich blue colors of crystalline lazulite and light blue kyanite embedded
in a pyrite filled grey quartzite matrix gives a beautiful mixture called "GEORGIA LAZULITE".
By C.R. Smith, F.G.A.
Deep blue lazulite, crystals so rare
sprinkle yellow pyrite, color very fair.
In quartzite matrix
you again will find,
light blue kyanite atop Graves Mountain Mine.
An array of crystals when polished and bright,
unlike the Milky Way, splendor with light.
The sparkle of atoms in symmetrical scatter,
eternally holding Gods power
Remember too, the roses of pyrophyllite
and all the iridescent hematite.
Great museums carry its
Faces of Nature, intrusions long stilled;
created beneath Georgia's rolling hill.
©1986 C. R. Smith