A fan of terminated crystals of dark colored Samarskite nicely perched on a typical Pegmatite matrix. The crystals reach 3.5 CM and seem to be doubly terminated (lower termination is partly hidden by matrix). A nice example of this rare earth mineral from North Carolina, these are not often seen on the market from anyplace. Some adhering Mica is seen on a few faces which could be removed but it seems to add a very nice contrast to the dark Samarskite. In fine condition, usually these are rather crude crystals but this specimen is quite well defined.
Spodumene Var. Hiddenite -Classic
Stony Point, Alexander County
2.4 x 1.7 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A superb, intense color USA Hiddenite, from the collection of Warren Johannson which he obtained in trade from Harvard in in 1934. Unlike the typical slender crystals, this is a wide and stout example, a complete floater with the top quality brilliant "Emerald" green color, weighing 17.7 ct. Complete all around, complexly etched and doubly terminated, this is a killer thumbnail that is hard to fully appreciate in photos. The Alexander County NC Hiddenites are of course the "real" thing, unlike green Spodumene from Pakistan or Brazil these do not fade, are not irradiated and can have this rare unique color unlike any others. Gem clear and lustrous, a true Hiddenite (the town of Hiddenite is about 6 KM from Stony point, the zone where this was first discovered in 1879). Classic specimen from a classic locale of a rare quality.
Statesville, Iredell County
10.2 x 8.9 x 5 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2015
A complete deep purple colored crystal from Stateside, North Carolina showing complex stepped crystallization and distinctive zoning.Several deep solution pits are also featured in some faces that show excellent layered solution and recrystallization zones that make for attractive architecture. The large size and deep color are very fine this old locality.