ZCA Mine number 4, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards District, St. Lawrence, Co.
3.9 x 3 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Ex. New York State Museum collection specimen with especially sharp, fine crystals. The cubic habit Magnetites from Balmat are renowned as unique in the mineral world. This is a superb specimen with sharp, complete and lustrous crystals. Very few of these are in such clean condition and the form of this is especially distinct. Most cubes show the stepped cubic striations and growth hillocks clearly.
The best USA magnetites are these unique cubic crystals. Good ones are not common. This example has lusterous and fine crystals that reach 1.4 CM. Displayable from several sides, one face has a contrasting Talc that sets off the dark Magnetite well. Far better than average condition, but with damage at the outer edges and contacts/chipping can be seen. Since the magnetite here is exceptionally fragile, this degree of damage is actually very minimal, and the piece is a fine example of a rare form and a classic occurance. Ex. Ernie Schlicter, 1970's vintage.
Magnetite on Matrix
stock #7 CNA-435
Gaoligong Shan, Baoshan Prefecture
10.8 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
A huge 8 CM magnetite "stretched" octahedron sits on top of a pegmatite matrix that has several other fine magnetites. Super esthetic and with great patina on the display faces this is the best Chinese Magnetite I have seen. The faces show well defined growth hillocks and the "front" as I see it is damage free, there is a contact on the back side. Impressive for any magnetite and incredible from China!