Can Any body tell me what Kirksite is and where can I find it?
Thanks in advance Marco
It came from the planet Uhuru and the last of it was lost in the
explosion of the spaceship Enterprise.
Seriously, it may exist but none of the books in my gem/mineralogy
library (and I have quite a few) list a mineral by that name. I can
find Kakortokite, Kornerupine and Kurnakovite but not Kirksite. If
it’s a “rockhound” mineral, many of those bear regional names that
are often not recognized by “official” texts. Some examples are
"Wilckite" for Willow Creek Jasper and “Wascoite” for Biggs Jasper.
There are thousands of others, as well as newly-coined trade-names
for old materials. Do you have any more that could
narrow the search down a little? Is it used as a gem? Is it faceted
or cut as cabochons? Am I making a fool of myself by not recognizing
There’s another possibility. One of my pastimes is noting some of
the wild misuses of real gem names. Instead of looking the real
names up, some people just write down the name phonetically as they
think they heard it. Two of the most creatively and consistently
misspelled gem/mineral names I’ve noticed lately are sillimanite and
Kashmirine. I’ve seen the first rendered as “Suleimanite” and the
second as “Cachamerine,” with many other variations for both.