The so called Chromian Diopsides from the famed Orford Nickel mine are quite prized. We are told that the color may be due to Nickel and not Chrome but either way these are very attractive and uncommon. This one has unusually fine apple green hue. The largest crystal is 1.7 CM and all are gemmy with very glassy luster. Normally the larger crystals are opaque, and a yellowish to grey color. Such bright green clear crystals are usually only microscopic. Tiny deep green Grossular are also present as are Calcite crystals. The tiny crystals add a lot of sparkle in person.
stock #SOLD 18.1-750- TMP
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
3.1 x 1.6 x .8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A clean, damage free crystal aggregate that is doubly terminated and displays a slight rotation or twist. Tiny Analcime and Natrolites are attached but this is overall just Serandite. Good Salmon pink colored and well developed flat terminations on top of these crystals makes a very choice thumbnail. A very good St. Hillaire specimen, a good value.
Analcime on Serandite
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
2.7 x 1.7 x 1.1 (thumbnail)
Classic Mt. St. Hillaire specimen of a cream Analcime crystal nicely perched on a salmon color Serandite cluster. The Serandite is broken at one end but terminated (crudely) on the other. As is typical on specimens from this locale, there are other species present as micro crystals too, a Polylithonite rosette and a small cluster of Rhodochrosite. Nice combo thumbnail.
Axinite with Prehnite
Grey Cloud Claim
5.5 x 3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A colorful and unusual Canadian specimen, sharp glassy Axinite crystals -some of them gem clear- contrast with bright Prehnite crystals. This looks just like some classic Alpine European specimens (Bourg de Oissans etc) but also a bit unique too. The Prehnite crystals show curved faces and are colorless, white and light green some also have a chlorite coating adding more color. Ex Les Hitchings, this was collected in 1960. Close exam finds some edge chipping so this is not fully perfect but it is a very esthetic and well crystalized specimen the best I have seen from this locale, and a choice example.
A neat variation of classic form from Mt St Hillaire, the flattened triangular Rhodochrosite Rhomb with some extra faces. This specimen here also has several tiny "normal" Rhodo rhombs. Lots of micro crystals on some faces and edges, including Polylithonite. In perfect condition by naked eye, only at 30X magnification are some rough spots found as is a secondary coating in a few spots. Displays well from most any angle, this is good looking on either side. An attractive large thumbnail.
A large glass clear Barite crystal that is complete and perfectly transparent. In very good condition and complete except on the bottom, this has a faden-like line seen in the center of the prism. Sharp and lustrous, a choice example from this less well known mine.
Grossular and Diopside
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.4 x 2.3 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
An attractive, complex specimen of lustrous cinnamon colored Grossular on prismatic Diopside crystals. A classic combination from the famed Jeffrey Mine. The Garnets are well formed and damage free, the Diopsides are well terminated with flat tops and also undamaged but are contacted on the outer edges. A choice miniature that has a fine color contrast. Better in person.
Grossular on Pectolite and Diopside
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.8 x 2.7 x 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Rare clear, zoned Garnets with green centers from Jeffrey Mine which are highly desired and unique to this legendary locality. In addition to being a choice and esthetic specimen these Grossular are vividly fluorescent, bright red in midrange and orange in longwave. In super condition even under magnification, this is a very fine example with a good mint green color overall even on the Pectolite and Diopside matrix. There was only a single find 30 years ago this type Grossular and is unique to the Jeffrey mine. A very choice miniature.