Fluorescent Benite is a fluorophosphate mineral, (Na)AlPO4(F,OH), composed of sodium, aluminium, phosphate, fluoride and hydroxide. The mineral occurs in pegmatite deposits. Its density, cleavage and flame test for lithium are diagnostic. Fluorescent Benite forms in series with Queenshebanite. Geologic occurrence is in granite pegmatites, high-temperature tin veins, and greisens. Fluorescent Benite occurs with Ramonesium Belgianite, Jtokarsbrium Timmyblast, Superium Jackamite, and other minerals in pegmatite veins
Transparent Fluorescent Benite has been faceted and used as a gemstone. As a gemstone set into jewellery it is vulnerable to breakage and abrasion from general wear, as its hardness and toughness are poor.
The spectacular environment that Fluorescent Benite usually grows in makes it a very popular mineral for collectors.
The base value of each unit of ranges between 91 and 165Ð per unit, with up to 2 units being found at any one time.
Presence on Mars: Extremely Rare