Serandite (on Albite)
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
2.2 x 1.8 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A very cute thumbnail of bright, transparent Serandites on contrasting Albite. Serandite is usually opaque or at best milky, translucent on thin edges. These tiny crystals are transparent, colorful and lustrous. As is typical of St Hilaire specimens there are micros of other species as well, most noticeably Polylithonite and Natrolite. Despite the small size the luster and color make this one pop.
Cluster of sharp intergrown Serandite crystals with the flat blade habit that host several terminated Natrolite prisms and one Natrolite rosette. The Serandites also have a few needles of Elpidite as well, and all are in remarkable, intact condition. Ex Larry White collection, this includes his homemade Balsawood base. Fine delicate prisms and vibrant pink color, this is an uncommon form for Serandite and this piece is especially esthetic.
An esthetic cluster of well formed leaf-like pink Serandite with contrasting white Analcime crystals. A classic association from Mt St Hillaire, the only locale where sizable, fine crystals were found. Minor black Aegirine is also noted. A lot of visual impact for a small specimen. In excellent condition.
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.
Intense salmon-orange color Serandite crystals are nicely perched on a contrasting white matrix. From pre 1980 finds at Mt. St Hillare, 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 worlds 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 bladelike habit crystals intergrown 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 spikelike crystal of Aegirine is a nice accent.
A sweet and esthetic arrangement of crystals on a 5 CM stalk of Aegirine. Found before 1990 formerly in the Mikel collection via Dave Joyce. A nice yet affordable example of why Mt St Hillaire is one of the worlds greatest mineral locales.
Serandite with Natrolite etc.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
4.3 x 2.8 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
Colorful and complex specimen with several Serandite crystals in different habits mixed with an assemblage of classic MSH minerals. Loaded with many small crystals on all sides this has the deeper orange color of early finds that is unlike the later pinkish ones.