This is a smaller than usual thumbnail but an exceptional, complete, perfect, gem clear and sharp crystal of Carletonite. Carletonite is a rare mineral that is also beautiful and is only found at one locality, Mt St. Hilaire. It has been more than two decades since any specimens were found, these now only come from the breakup of old collections. Some few crystals exist that are larger but almost never gemmy or complete.
Grossular from Jeffrey Mine that is transparent, has fine orange color and has several slender crystals of Diopside seen inside the Garnet. Aside from some very small contacts and rough edges this is in fine condition. The luster is glass-like and this crystal has very few striations on the large faces which makes it easy to see through these windows into the crystal. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection, he obtained this in the early 80's when the mine was still active and great things were being found.
Siderite - unusual form
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
3.6 x 3.3 x .9 CM (miniature)
A complete, undamaged Siderite crystal in the rare triangular form that was distinctive only at Mont St. Hilaire. This legendary locale at one time produced Rhodochrosites and Siderites (both Carbonate minerals) in this habit almost never seen any place else. The Siderite is translucent as well, with a strong back-light it glows a yellow green color. The photos here are not backlit as this shows better the specimen in a "normal" display. In fine condition, no chips or damage, an odd Siderite and a very nice St Hilaire specimen.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3 x 1.7 x 1.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A vividly colored, complete, doubly terminated crystal (a "floater") with no matrix. From the Jeffrey Mine which is the only locality that ever produced such colorful Vesuvianite. Highly lustrous in person the crystal has is mostly a mix of green hues from dark to lighter yellowish and has one spot of purple. In fine condition, the faces on this are multi stepped and quite a bit more complex than most crystals from this famed locale. The mine has been closed for years but the heritage of its minerals is world renowned. Choice
HOLD Analcime with Calcite
stock #HOLD 20.1-167
7.2 x 5.1 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Sharp Analcime crystals nestled in a vug with some very tiny Calcite crystals and a few hairs of Mesolite. A 1970 era specimen from the well-known Watson's Bluff (Nova Scotia) The larger Analcime crystals have some internal color zoning but mostly are a milky white. In excellent condition and a nice, clean example. Collected from a ledge pocket by Less Hitchings, the best specimen found that day. The coastal Basalts of this region have been a mecca for mineral collectors for decades.
Grossular -rare colorless crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.3 x 3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Garnets that are colorless are surprisingly rare world wide, only a few small finds have ever been made. Grossular that is colorless and gem clear is even more rare, and a choice matrix specimen packed with crystals is exceptional. The largest crystal on this piece is 1.1 CM in diameter, quite huge for the specie. From the great Jeffrey mine, this is a choice very glassy piece in fine condition. For any serious Garnet collection, this is hard to capture in photos but is great in person.
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
4.6 x 3.2 x2.3 CM (miniature)
Superb, larger sized Augelite crystals of top quality in an esthetic cluster. Killer condition (no damage) and with the largest crystal 1.6 CM. Augelite is a rather rare Phosphate only found in such fine crystals like this from two localities worldwide. This specimen is exceptional for the Rapid Creek finds and has fine zoning, sharp, lustrous faces, nice color and some gemmy areas. This remote area of the Yukon has been a world class source of fine Phosphate specimens. The Augelites from here are distinctly different from the the newer finds at Mundo Nuevo (Peru).
Grossular -Gemmy crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.1 x 2.1 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cluster or stack of very lustrous Garnets with the classic color and form that made the Jeffrey Mine world famous. This is the flattened type of cluster with no matrix, it is entirely contacted on the back as was the case with this style, fully translucent and mostly transparent. This type of specimen was sometimes used as a sort of natural jewelry, mounted or wire wrapped as is or with the back ground flat. A very good value these Garnets show characteristic striations and growth hillocks. A fine modern classic from a source that will never again produce anything.