Serandite w. Aegirine etc
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Serandite crystals up to 3.2 CM with an unusually intense, rich color. This choice piece has a vivid rose pink that looks close to a Rhodochrosite red and contrasts well with the complex matrix. In excellent undamaged condition, the Serandites also have very bright luster. These are also fully translucent and transparent on thin edges. Serandite was never a common mineral and it turns out that many (perhaps most) Serandites in collections are in fact Schizolite and not Serandite. This is a real confirmed Serandite, with top color and form. Outstanding for the size and quality, The classic locality of Mt. St. Hillaire is THE place for this specie, no place else in the world ever had crystals of this size and quality.
Wardite -superb matrix crystals
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
8.3 x 4.4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
From the noted John Marshall collection, this is an killer Wardite with fine, sharp and lustrous crystals perfectly arrayed in a distinct line. The Marshall collection card from 2003 states " Superb crystals on matrix, the display specimen in the British Museum is nowhere as good as this". Obtained from Gregory, Bottley and Lloyd, A great Wardite from anyplace the crystals reach 1.7 CM and are transparent in parts.
A complex open vug in crystalized Albite hosts bright red gem clear Manganoneptunites along with Pectolite needles and Siderite, Rhodochrosite etc. While the individual crystals are best appreciated with magnification, this ihas color enough to be a display specimen, a good addition to any St Hillare suite. Often Manganoneptunites are dark, almost black or are crude crystals, but these are bright and perfectly formed.
Silver - wires with Quartz
Cobalt, Gowganda region, Timiskaming District
6.9 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Silver wires with tiny Quartz crystals coating and encasing some of the Silver. From the prolific Cobalt area this specimen is fairly old, it was sold by the Schortmann Brothers in the early 1960 era. The Quartz undermagnification is a sparkling druze of doubly terminated crystals many of which have a Cumberland habit. Close exam of the matrix shows that there is a lot more silver unclosed under layers of Quartz. The exposed area of wires is a dense nest with a few slender hairs rising to about 3 CM long. A choice, delicate and esthetic piece which looks better the more it is examined.
Henderson Mine, Chibougamou
3 x 2.3 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An esthetic cluster of shining Cubanite crystals all showing classic twinningset on just a sliver of matrix. The Henderson Mine at Chibougamou has been closed for many years, it was the only source of these fine, sizable Cubanite crystals. The largest crystal in this cluster is is 2 CM across, and sits well on top of the specimen. Close exam shows some minor bruising, contacts and natural cracks, so this is not for perfectionists, but as Cubanite is a very delicate mineral this is in relatively fine condition. and far better than average. Some areas that look like damage in the photos are on inspection fully intact and crystalized with a rough texture. The metallic luster is excellent and has a nice patina. These are a modern classic and somthing of a "holy grail" for most collectors, the starburst twinning habit is especially desirable. An excellent value for the quality.
Bright, lustrous, colorful and incredibly well formed gem Garnet from the Jeffrey Mine. A tiny bit of Diopside matrix and a small side car crystal are the only additions. In fine condition as seen, a quite superb thumbnail with well defined striations and a glass-like look. Single complete and well isolated crystals of this size are especially desirable. There were never many of top quality Grossular when the quarry was working but now these are just never seen.
Uraninite -large cube
Cardiff U Mine, Wilberforce, Halliburton
8.8 x 6.2 x 5 CM (cabinet)
A large Fluorite and Calcite matrix with a very big (1.6CM) single cube of Uraninite well exposed on the top edge. This cube is a bit unusual as it shows some corner modifications. The Luster is moderate to dull as were most of the larger crystals from this area, and there is a repair with a crack visible from some angles but the crystal seems still quite solid. The price is adjusted as a result of the repair, so a bit more affordable as a result. As this is a quite radioactive specie there are limits on shipping but we can make hand delivery to major shows or use a special courier (more expensive) for shipping. This locality has been reclaimed and there will never be more of these.
Unusually large, sharp lustrous and very well defined Cubanite. Although Cubanite has been found at several locales in the world, the only source of fine crystals was the Henderson Mine, now long closed. There will never be any more of these which are by far the worlds best Cubanites. This specimen has a super dispaly face with very sharp striations and clear twinning. Some contacting on the back but the front displays very well. Specimens of this quality can only be had from old collections being recycled, and this size is almost never seen.