Super thumbnail of gem Tourmailne with the steep termination from the world famed Dunton pocket at Newry. A classic US Elbaite with sharp form, bright luster and 100 percent gemmy clear. A small Quartz crystal adds a nice accent, the crystal is also dichroic and damage free. One of the most significant tourmaline discoveries of all time, the Dunton Quarry pocket is legendary. The steep terminations on some green crystals like this were unusually distinctive. These have become quite scare in this quality.
Well formed bi-colored green Tourmaline exposed on matrix from THE classic US locale for Elbaites, Mt. Mica. Collected in the sixties by Les Hitchings, the large Elbaite is in perfect condition. The Matrix is a typical mix of Quartz crystals with Cooketite and feldspar with several partial Elbaites and one small Tourmaline is still fully encased in the Cookeite and could be exposed if so desired. Since 1821 this locality has been the most famed US Gem pegmatite.
A big and very showy 1950 vintage Rose Quartz crystal cluster from Plumbago Mt. Newry, Maine. Several rosettes of Eosphorite and an unidentified specie are also present. Excellent condition, with deep color and in dense esthetic aggregates. From the late Les Hitchings collection, this quality and size are very rare.
An old, somewhat crude cluster of small colorless and larger purple Apatite crystals. The biggest Apatite is 1.8 CM across which is the largest I know of for the locale. From the Mount Rubellite Quarries an old but less famous Maine location for Apatites. Some chipping, crude edges and contacts are noted but the color, huge crystal size and low price help compensate for imperfections.
Attractive and with an unusual esthetic, this is a densely packed matrix of lilac color Apatite. An older specimen from the classic Harvard Quarry in Maine, The druzy Quartz matrix hosts hundreds of small but perfect Apatites most being doubly terminated. In perfect condition and showing well the paragenesis of this locale, this was in the collection of the late Larry White. Two older labels give the locality as Mt Apatite (a more famous locale often incorrectly cited) but those labels are not correct, it is confirmed by Dr. Carl Francis and others as absolutely a classic Harvard piece. Choice and very rare in such fine quality.
A classic and esthetic Pulsifer Apatite with the distinctive habit crystals. From the vintage Terry Szenics mining project, there is minimal matrix here, mostly all purple Apatite with some minor Lepidolite. Much better than average with very good form and naked eye appeal but this is not a specimen for perfectionists. There is some edge wear and smaller crystals are chipped or broken on the base area. The price reflects this but still the overall quality is far better than typical. These Apatites are legendary, now very scarce in this level of quality.
Elbaite -Gem crystal, classic find
Newry, Oxford County
2.7 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A classic form from a now classic find. The steep termination of this Tourmaline and the blue green color is a textbook type for the Newry "big pocket". Nearly all gem grade, sharp and clear with a slight touch of color zoning. While huge amounts were found in this big strike close to 50 years ago, most was cut for gemstock. This large thumbnail has a few tiny crystals of Lepidolite on one edge. Some tiny rough areas as seen in the photos but for the locality this is in very fine condition.
Almandine on Pegmatite, Classic
Hedgehog Hill Quarry, Peru, Oxford County
8.2 x 7.7 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
Several Garnets are scattered on the Pegmatite matrix but the main crystal is 3.3 CM perfectly perched in a nest of Mica. In fine condition and sharply formed this is a classic style Oxford County (Maine) specimen. Far better than most with a fine esthetic form, the face striations also are a bit more distinct that is typical. Choice Northeastern US specimen.