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Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut Specimens (May 7, 2008)

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Phenakite
#PHK0001
Orchard Pit, Buckfield, Oxford Co., Maine, USA

16.5 x 7.5 x 8.5mm/ 8.25 cts

$85

SOLD

Phenakite

Phenakite

Phenakite

Phenakite

Description:

The pics say it all!  This is a sweet, gemmy, colorless, well-terminated phenakite ... from Maine!  Has almost a drill-bit habit at the termination, like a Burma crystal.  But this is from Maine, I assure you!  A super specimen, and would even be great in a gem crystals collection.

 

Elbaite
#ELB0005
Dunton Quarry, Newry, Oxford Co., Maine, USA

49.45 x 49.32 x 10.3mm / 147.5 cts

$495

Elbaite
Elbaite

Elbaite

Elbaite
Elbaite
Elbaite

Description:

Want a slice of watermelon?  Here you go, without the seeds!  This is a slice of one of the most famous tourmaline finds in the USA.  These watermelon crystals were found in 1972 at the Dunton Quarry.  This one belonged to Ed Swoboda, and was sold to me by his son Bryan several years ago.  I never thought I would sell it, I must be nuts!  The color of the rubellite core is stellar, and the rind of green and even yellow-green provides nice contrast.  You can see the rind does not go all the way around the crystal, but still the specimen is amazing, at about 2" across, if you have wanted one of these, now is your chance.  It has been polished only on one side (most are polished on both), which I think is rather unique and gives the crystal  more intense color with the greater thickness.

 

Fluorapatite
#APA0002
Pulsifer Quarry, Mt. Apatite, Maine, USA

13.1 x 10.7 x 7.7mm / 9.10 cts

$380

Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite
 

Description:

The real deal!  No lies, no cheap tricks, this is a fantastic specimen of delicious grape purple fluorapatite, with deep purple at the rind, and lighter in the middle, a classic Pulsifer crystal.  It is not a complete crystal, hence the price is very reasonable in my opinion, but it shows most of a termination and superb, glassy faces.  Just look at the pics if you are not convinced that this is a beautiful crystal.  I have seen crystals less than a centimeter of lesser quality sell for over $900!  This is a nice specimen ... and you should also check out the Willard Perkins fluorapatite I have for sale below!

 

Grossular var. Hessonite
#HSN0002
Mt. Belvidere Mines, Eden Mills, Vermont, USA

23.3 x 16.6 x 11.5mm / 29.85 cts

$265

Hessonite

Hessonite

Hessonite

Hessonite

Description:

Viva Vermont!  It's a beautiful place, with beautiful minerals as well!  We have several nice Eden Mills specimens in this update, including this absolutely incredible, gemmy cinnamon-orange crystal cluster of hessonite garnet.  This is a fabulous thumbnail, with great crystallization and color, perfect docahedral form, and gemminess, gemminess, gemminess!  The backside of the specimen is somewhat flat, without matrix, so you this could be considered a floater of sorts as the back is naturally contacted.  Just a lovely piece, and now, I will let you judge from the photos!

 

Cordierite
#IOL0001
Richmond Soapstone Quarry (Harris Quarry), Richmond, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA

39.4 x 44.3 x 30.6mm

$80

SOLD



Cordierite
Cordierite

Cordierite

Cordierite
Cordierite
 

Description:

I found this little "sleeper" in an old collection, and thought it was just plain neat!  It's a very well formed crystal of cordierite (the previous owner called it "iolite," but I don't think it has the gemminess for that), nestled in a quartz matrix.  Displays quite nicely, and a great addition to any New England collection.

 

Quartz var. Rose Quartz
#QTZ0001
Newry, Oxford Co., Maine, USA

31.4 x 21.5 x 12.5mm

$375

Rose Quartz Crystals, Maine

Rose Quartz Crystals, Maine

Rose Quartz Crystals, Maine

Rose Quartz Crystals, Maine

Description:

Looks Brazilian, right?  Ehem, but it's not!  You are looking at one find rose quartz specimen from a classic Maine locale.  Just look at how well crystallized it is, a beautiful, well-proportioned cluster with gorgeous pink color.  You don't come across crystallized rose quartz specimens from this locale often, let alone at such a great price.  Beautiful specimen!

 

Triphylite
#TPH0001
G.E. Smith Mine, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire, USA

30.5 x 13.8 x 9.6mm

$75

SOLD



Triphylite Crystals
Triphylite Crystals

Triphylite Crystals

Triphylite Crystals
Triphylite Crystals
 

Description:

Crystallized triphylite is somewhat rare, and the best crystals in the world come from this well known mine in New Hampshire.  Most triphylite is found as massive chunks, but the G.E. Smith mine is known for well-formed crystals of a navy blue to bluish-grey color.  This is a very nice "toenail" specimen, with several good crystals on front and back (the main crystal is exposed on both sides), accompanied by a bit of mica on a quartz matrix.  Very nice, and if you have been searching for a Smith mine triphylite, look no further ... oh, except for the other one I also listed below!

 

Uraninite w/ "Gummite"
#URN0002
Ruggles Mine, Grafton, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, USA

63.8 x 47.4 x 14.7mm

$175

Uraninite w/ Gummite

Uraninite w/ Gummite

Uraninite w/ Gummite

Uraninite w/ Gummite

Description:

This is an ex-Sorbonne specimen, a true classic from the Ruggle Mine.  It is a very (I'm talking HOT) radioactive specimen of uraninite with secondary uranium minerals, collectively known as "gummite," but more accurately a mix of uranophane, becquerelite, autunite, and other alteration products of the uraninite.  The back side is unpolished and shows partial uraninite crystals as well.  But the display side is a classic, polished dreamscape of yellows, oranges, black and white, typical of these type of cabinet specimens from this locale.  Not too many of these around, so if you want one, come and get it!  FYI ... don't sleep with this one under your pillow!

 

Fluorapatite
#APA0003
Pulsifer Quarry, Mt. Apatite, Maine, USA

30.9 x 23.0 x 12.3mm

$165

Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite
 

Description:

Pulsifer numero dos in this update!  This is a cute thumbnail, an ex. Ed Boucher (1968) collection piece, consisting of a single 11mm x 8mm purple apatite crystal on and covered by cookeite.  You can see many nice lustrous crystal faces, as well as secondary "beveled" faces on the crystals termination.  A nice matrix Pulsifer apatite for a great value!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0008
Stoneham, Oxford County, Maine, USA

27.3 x 5.2 x 5.4mm / 7.25 cts

$60

SOLD

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Description:

First off I will tell you that this gorgeous crystal is not terminated ... but still gorgeous for several reasons.  First, look at the color, a very deep intense blue!  Second, it has great prismatic shape!  Third, it is from Maine!  A very unusual specimen, as many Maine aquas appear opaque or very light blue, or are a combo of paleness and lack of transparency.  You could even cut some stones from this crystal, but why would you do such a terrible thing?  Take this one home today!

 

Vesuvianite
#VSV0002
Mt. Belvedere, Eden Mills, Vermont, USA

23.2 x 14.7 x 19.8mm

$185

SOLD

Vesuvianite
Vesuvianite

Vesuvianite

Vesuvianite
Vesuvianite
 

Description:

Not your ordinary vesuvianite, that's for sure.  This is a gorgeous, deep green, transparent crystal from Eden Mills.  Not saying that the Jeffrey vesuvianites are ugly ... but this one here is rare!  It is a total floater, with sharp, glassy, broad faces up front, and smaller parallel glassy faces on the back.  I think this specimen is the finest vesuvianite I have seen from the locale, more famous for its hessonite garnets (two of which are also here on this update)!

 

Garnet var. Hessonite
#HSN0001
Mt. Belvedere, Eden Mills, Vermont, USA

59.5 x 58.2 x 42.1mm

$295

Hessonite

Hessonite

Hessonite

Hessonite

Description:

This is a very aesthetic cabinet specimen of hessonite garnet crystals on matrix with a bit of forest green diopside.  Lovely orange crystals to 1 cm in size, with lustrous faces, great arrangement on matrix, and sits upright without a stand.  This is a super Eden Mills hessonite display specimen, one that would look great in any cabinet!

 

Columbite
#CLB0001
Portland, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

27.1 x 23.1 x 11.9mm

$60


Columbite

Columbite

Columbite

Columbite

Description:

This is an oldie but goodie, an ex. Ward's Science specimen, consisting of a very well-formed 8.3mm columbite crystal with shiny faces on a nice contrasting matrix.  Also ex. John Legro by the way (just reading the label!).  From classic locale, a nice Connecticut thumbnail for a great price!

 

Chrysoberyl
#CHR0006
Peru, Oxford Co., Maine, USA

27.4 x 19.3 x 11.3mm

$185

Chrysoberyl, Maine

Chrysoberyl, Maine

Chrysoberyl, Maine

Chrysoberyl, Maine

Description:

A very nice chrysoberyl thumbnail, we have here what seems to be a glassy, gemmy sixling crystal embedded in a quartz matrix.  The crystal shows great luster, and a pale brown color ... and to reiterate, this is from a classic Maine locale!  Just a super specimen, and if you want a nice Maine chrysoberyl to pad your collection, you have found it here!

 

Triphylite
#TPH0002
G.E. Smith Mine, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire, USA

58.5 x 49.9 x 39.7mm

$155

Triphylite
Triphylite

Triphylite

Triphylite
Triphylite
 

Description:

This G.E. Smith mine triphylite consists of one main bluish-gray crystal in a quartz  matrix, with several smaller well-formed triphylite crystals attached, and a bit of silvery mica for contrast.  For a triphylite specimen, this is pretty large as far as crystals go.  Again, from the mine that produced some of the finest crystallized triphylite in the universe (as far as I know!).

 

Fluorapatite
#APA0001
Pulsifer Quarry, Mt. Apatite, Maine, USA

8.7 x 6.5 x 6.8mm

$200

Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite

Fluorapatite

Description:

To wrap up this update, let's finish with a great little Mt. Apatite fluorapatite crystal in an original Willard Perkins thumbnail box, with his catalog number as well, mounted on what appears to be a flexible piece of thick fishing line.  This is basically two crystals that have grown together, with the most incredible purple color, gemminess, and luster!  A very rare specimen, with wonderful provenance!  I know it looks like a piece of candy, but try not to put it in your mouth!

 

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