Minerals Topics

Selected Virginia Minerals (Part 3)


• Plagioclase feldspar and orthoclase feldspar are common in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont in Virginia.

• Excellent specimens of white albite moonstone, amazonite, and cleavelandite (platy plagioclase) have been found in pegmatites in Amelia County. 

very coarse-grained igneous rocks with large crystals

• Orthoclase moonstone has been reported in Goochland County.

Amazonite Amazonite (Photograph by Parvinder Sethi)

MapAmazonite is a blue-green variety of orthoclase. It is abundant in pegmatites in Amelia County