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.
Prehnite - sharply crystalized
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 1.8 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A textbook form presented in a cluster of sharp crystals. Well-crystallized prismatic Prehnite is quite rare and the best in the world are from old finds at the Jeffrey Mine. This specimen is perfect by naked eye with only very tiny contacts and chipping found with 10X magnification. A delicate pale green that looks almost white in some light, this is just a whisker too large to be a thumbnail but could be trimmed to fit if desired. No stains or encrustations, just lustrous bright Prehnite.
Vesuvianite - hot pink cap
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.1 x 1.6 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
An amazing color crystal from the golden years when the Jeffrey Mine was producing the world's best, and most colorful Vesuvianites. Electric purple-pink termination on a small but lustrous crystal. Contact and breakage on the back and underside but clean on the display side of the piece. This is one of the most rare and desirable colors. For anyone building a suite of Jeffrey Vesuvianites (in all imaginable colors) this intense piece is a must.
Intense salmon-orange color Serandite crystals are nicely perched on a contrasting white matrix. From pre 1980 finds at Mt. St Hilare, later specimens were not so bright. The Serandite at the "top" of the piece is doubly terminated, has a few contacts and great luster. Other crystals on the piece are a little cruder and more encased in the matrix, but are sizable. The world's best specimens all came from this quarry and now that it is closed there will be no more. A classic mix of Alkali minerals on this specimen that are actually attractive. Ex S Alverson collection.
A delicate sculptural Serandite specimen with a delicate salmon color. Ex Larry White collection, this is composed of the uncommon blade-like habit crystals inter-grown in parallel arrangement. Collected in 1980 by Ernie Schlicter, this is unlike most Serandite, the flat crystal form is very rare, and with the mine closed there are no more to be found. The spike-like crystal of Aegirine is a nice accent.
Pectolite is not usually an attractive mineral and good prismatic crystals are quite rare. This is a strong exception to that rule. More than 25 years ago a series of pockets at the Jeffrey Mine produced some of the most perfect and esthetic specimens of this usually drab mineral. Several crystals are transparent and all others are translucent. A perfect undamaged floater there is no matrix or point of attachment. Outstanding for the specie, choice, very large and rarely available now.
Cubanite twinned crystals
1.6 x 1.2 x .4 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and lustrous thumbnail in exceptional condition. Clean twinned crystals with classic form and bright striations. Classic material from the Henderson #2 mine at Chibougamau which has been closed for years but once produced the finest Cubanites ever seen. Good value for form and quality.