A killer miniature of absolutely transparent bright gem Grossular from the Jeffrey mine. When the mine was running, there were many different habits, colors and associations of Garnet found, usually in small zones that were never repeated. Over the years many habits have become especially desirable to collectors and this habit is one of them. This has rich red-orange color with good crystal separation, brilliant luster and impeccable transparency. Overall the arrangement of the Grossular is esthetic and the whole displays well from all sides. No damage, an esthetic example for the specie from the worlds greatest Grossular locale.
Weloganite -single crystal
Francon Quarry, Montreal
2 x 1.1 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
Pre Holiday 2017
A complete crystal with textbook perfect form and doubly terminated as well. From the classic locality at the long closed Francon Quarry. In perfect condition with sharp lustrous striations on the faces. Well above average in esthetics, this rare mineral that has only been found in a few locations worldwide, but only this find produced good displayable crystals. A very distinctive habit and a modern classic.
A large, sharp, very pale green single crystal of Prehnite in blocky form. From the Jeffrey Mine, where some of the worlds best and largest Prehnite crystals were found. No damage and with good luster this is a nice thumbnail that shows the habit well. Prehnite is a rather common mineral but crystals over a half centimeter are very rare and only come from a few finds.
A crazy, complex specimen that is composed of several generation of well crystallized Vesuvianite in a riot of colors. From deep emerald green to magenta, yellow and more this single specimen seems to have most of the brightest color spectrum for Vesuvianite. The crystals are sized from druzy sprays to prisms of 3 CM and are in several habits, many are also bicolored. This is fully crystallized on all sides, overall in great condition, some contacts and minor chipping can be found on a few areas , but the best display faces are free of damage. Over the years it was working, the Jeffrey mine produced the worlds best and most colorful Vesuvianites in many habits and colors. This specimen provides many of the colors that collectors search for from here, presented in a sizable, complex piece that invites gazing. Far better in person too.
An esthetic cluster of well formed leaf-like pink Serandite with contrasting white Analcime crystals. A classic association from Mt St Hillaire, the only locale where sizable, fine crystals were found. Minor black Aegirine is also noted. A lot of visual impact for a small specimen. In excellent condition.
Big and fine, isolated Garnets to 1.5 CM (well above average for these) with excellent color and luster. In good condition overall, there is typical contacting on the backside and some chipping on one garnet but the largest main crystal is completely perfect. This could be trimmed to a competition grade thumbnail if desired but this small miniature size as is presents very well. A little addition of small Diopside crystals adds a nice touch. Classic form and with distinct separation of crystals that is so sought after from top grade Jeffrey Garnets. As the mine is now gone forever these have become almost impossible to get in good quality.
Unusual habit with brilliant red-orange color and many gemmy crystals forming a very attractive Serandite from the great Mt St Hillaire. The largest crystal is 2.5 CM across and is a blocky style, but the smaller crystals show many different habits and terminations. Some of these are Bipyramids or have complex parallel prisms and multiple stepped terminations. The luster is excellent, the condition is overall quite fine there is a break on backside where removed and a few very small wilbers noted on minor crystals only seen with 10X magnification. Classic locale and specie, attractive and unusual.
A nice classic Jeffrey mine Vesuvianite with fine color, good transparency and a very glassy luster. No damage seen by naked eye and even under 10X magnification. The main crystal is formed with a smaller prism alongside that is separately terminated.