Luxullianite!

Not every small Cornish village has its own unique type of granite named after it. Luxulyan is the other village in our parish of Lanlivery and is the only place in the world where you can find Luxullianite. Apart from having a fantastic name, Luxullianite is a beautiful variant of granite, in which the feldspar (which normally appears white) has turned a reddish pink colour due to the oxidation of the iron content in the stone. Luxullianite is rare and quite difficult to get hold of, even if you live near the only source of it. Pete has managed to obtain a piece and is making a fish carving from it, balanced on a plinth of grey granite, which offsets the colours really well. The piece will come up to a lovely high polish, watch this space for photos when it’s finished. In the meantime, I found a post about Luxullianite with a good photo here on the Open University.

 

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