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Gem Crystals/ Specimens from Classic U.S. Locales -- Updated on June 18, 2008

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Corundum var. Sapphire
#SPH0004
Jacobs Ruby Mine, Cowee Valley, Macon Co., North Carolina, USA

9.5 mm x 7.5 mm x 4.3 mm (3.20 carats)

$45

Sapphire Crystal

Sapphire Crystal

Sapphire Crystal

Sapphire Crystal

Description:

This is a neat little sapphire crystal of a yellowish color, very translucent to transparent when held to the light.  The Jacobs Mine is famous for great sapphires and rubies, although it is difficult to find any of these on the market.

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0012
Centerville District, Boise Co., Idaho, USA

22.0 mm x 7.5 mm x 5.1 mm (8.8 carats)

$365



Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho

Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho

Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Centerville, Idaho

Description:

It's hard to believe that this is not a Pakistani or Nigerian aquamarine, with its sharp form and amazing termination.  Idaho aquamarines are more commonly etched and/or terminated with a flat pinacoid like the others in this update.  But rarely they have been found with this bullet-shaped termination (there are some good photo examples of this on Mindat).  This crystal is a sight to behold, truly amazing gemminess and strong, uniform icy blue color, and if you look closely you can see what looks like a phantom inside the crystal.  Outstanding!

 

Spodumene var. Hiddenite
#HDN0002
North American Emerald Mine (fmr. Rist Mine), Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

16.0 x 6.0 x 5.0mm (2.75 cts)

$150

Hiddenite Crystal. Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal. Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal. Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal. Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal. Rist Mine, N.C.
 

Description:

An American classic, this is a perfectly formed, etched, complete all-around crystal of hiddenite from the ONLY locale for true hiddenite as far as I am concerned.  This is the real stuff, it was not heated, not irradiated, not dyed in anyway, and it will not fade in sunlight.  This is because it is colored by the same chromium that makes emeralds green.  This is a fine crystal, the color in person is much more apple green.  The camera made it look a bit more army green, which is not the case.  A great crystal for the price.

 

Beryl var. Emerald w/ Rutile
#EMR0005
Adam's Hiddenite and Emerald Mine, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

14.6 x 12.1 x 9.3 mm (13.50 cts)

$695

RESERVED 



Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.
Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.
Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.
Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Adam's Farm, N.C.

Description:

Why am I selling this?  I should leave this one to my kids in my will!  Hurry and get it before I change my mind.  Without question, this is one of the most unique crystals I have offered on my site to date.  It is from a collection that was assembled in the 1960s, and subsequently it was found well before the new batch of emeralds came out of the North American Emerald Mine.  The old label says Adams Mine (a.k.a. Adams Property, Adams Farm), and there is no reason to doubt this.  The color and clarity are superb, and there are reddish to yellowish needles of rutile in and on the crystal, and a deeper green zoned termination -- both qualities which help identify this crystal as a North Carolina specimen rather than a Colombian one.  The color reminds me of the blue-green shades you see from the Chivor Mine.  The crystal has some prism faces longer than others as you can see, and a portion of the termination shows old damage, but the gemminess and color make up for it.  This is a rare crystal, and while there are newer or bigger ones out there for four- and five-figure prices that come from the NAEM, this is an affordable, historic specimen from a classic location. 

 

Chambersite
#CHB0002
Venice Salt dome, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA

4.5 mm x 4.7 mm x 4.6 mm (0.25 cts)

$55

SOLD


Chambersite Crystal, Louisiana

Chambersite Crystal, Louisiana

Chambersite Crystal, Louisiana

Chambersite Crystal, Louisiana

Description:

From the bayou locale, not the rodeo locale, this is a supeb, sharp, purple crystal of chambersite with smaller micro-crystals emanating from some of the main faces.  A great tetrahedral shape, transparent, and gemmy, this could be in a "rare species" update, but it fits into the theme of classic American locales ... sort of.  A cute specimen, and if you want one that won't break the bank, here it is.  Be sure to check out this crystal's "big brother" from Texas down the page!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0009
Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

35.0 x 8.5 x 8.5 mm (22.75 cts)

$495

Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Description:

From the highest gem source in the USA at over 14,000 feet above sea level, I present to you this fine, gemmy, deep blue to on the verge of purple almost, sharp, prismatic crystal of aquamarine.  Mt. Antero produces aquamarine crystals of varying habits.  Some are glassy and gemmy with flat pinacoidal terminations (like this one).  Some are more etched and have frosted terminations (like the crystal down the page).  Some are pale blue to colorless, and rarely do you see this deep intense blue as in this crystal.  This crystal actually has a zone near the termination where the color abruptly changes to near colorless.  The termination is flat a sharp, with a concoidal fracture that is not too detracting, and the crystal displays great!  A very rare crystal from this much sought after locale.

 

Corundum var. Ruby
#RUB0004
Jacobs Ruby Mine, Cowee Valley, Macon Co., North Carolina, USA

7.0 x 5.3 x 2.4mm (1.15 cts)

$85

SOLD

Ruby Crystal, Jacob's Ruby Mine, N.C.
Ruby Crystal, Jacob's Ruby Mine, N.C.
Ruby Crystal, Jacob's Ruby Mine, N.C.
Ruby Crystal, Jacob's Ruby Mine, N.C.
Ruby Crystal, Jacob's Ruby Mine, N.C.
 

Description:

Someone once told me that Tiffany & Co. tried to find a mother lode of these gorgeous red beauties near the area of the Jacobs Ruby Mine.  But the big find was never found.  If anyone can substantiate this story, it would be appreciated!  Anyway, we still have a few of these classic little crystals to remind us of how amazing Mother Nature is, even is she didn't leave a big pocket of these babies around for the billionaire jewlers to come in and capitalize on.  This crystal shows great color, triangular growth patterns, and translucency typical for locale.  It is a tiny treasure, one that cannot easily be found for sale, nor in nature since the mine is closed.  The only one I have or have ever had for sale.

 

Phenakite
#PHK0002
Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

18.1 x 15.5 x 11.7mm  (19.45 cts)

$75

SOLD

Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Phenakite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Description:

Again, I flopped on the pictures with this one.  They stink by comparison to how awesome this crystal is.  Many of the crystal faces are glassy and lustrous but none of my pics captured this.  Phenakite is another species that Mt. Antero is famous for.  This crystal is just incredible, with a respectable size, great gemminess, and is shaped a lot like a dodecahedron (like a colorless garnet-shaped ball).  There is contact only on the bottom of the crystal which would not be displayed.  A classic representation of the species from this "hard-to-catch-your-breath" locale, famous also for its aquamarines, its difficulty to reach, and its potential for flash lightning storms that can catch even the the bravest collectors off guard!

 

Beryl var. Emerald
#EMR0006
North American Emerald Mine (fmr. Rist Mine), Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

22.0 x 2.0 x 2.3 mm (1.15 cts)

$55

Emerald Crystal, Hiddenite, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Hiddenite, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Hiddenite, N.C.

Emerald Crystal, Hiddenite, N.C.

Description:

This is a unique etched crystal found in the North American Emerald Mine, which is famous for producing the best emeralds in the USA, when it was known as the Rist Mine, and even today it is producing some incredible specimens that will blow your mind.  This crystal has a delicated pale green color and the termination is a flat pinacoid with color-zoning of a slightly deep green.  A very nice representation of an American emerald for a price that will leave you some money for gas to get home (as long as gas prices don't keep skyrocketing).

 

Helvite
#HLV0001
Snowpatch Area, Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

12.7 x 6.5 x 5.8mm (3.5 cts)

$160

Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Helvite Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado

Description:

An old Dave Bunk piece (who else could find something so unusual from Colorado?), this is a partial crystal of helvite from, yes, you guessed it, Mt. Antero.  I have never seen another (nor has Dave, if I remember when he sold it to me) from this locale, although it has been reported from there.  The crystal has many natural faces with dark burgundy to reddish-orange color, and is translucent when held to the light.  If you like unusual specimens, or you collect Colorado stuff, then this is probably the last time you will see one of these for sale on the internet!  I think its a steal!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0014
Centerville District. Boise Co., Idaho, USA

11.8 x 5.0 x 5.0mm  (2.15 cts)

$65

Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
 

Description:

Another aquamarine!  Beryl collectors must be in heaven with this update!  Here is a lovely composite crystal of etched aquamarine from Idaho.  Again you see the flat glass termination and great hexagonal form.  A nice thumbnail for a great price!

 

Spodumene var. Hiddenite
#HDN0001
North American Emerald Mine (fmr. Rist Mine), Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

15.0 x 5.0 x 3.0mm (1.5 cts)

$125

SOLD



Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.

Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.

Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.
Hiddenite Crystal, Rist Mine, N.C.

Description:

This is another great hiddenite crystal from the Rist Mine.  It was found almos 40 years ago, according to the previous owner who sold it to me about 8 years ago (back then it was only about 30 years old obviously).  It is doubly terminated, but one termination is actually naturally faceted, and the other termination shows the more common etching.  Some cleavage is evident on the back side, but overall it's a great thumbnail with superb apple-green color.

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0011
Centerville District, Boise Co., Idaho, USA

21.4 x 2.6 x 2.5mm (1.2 cts)

$45

Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
Aquamarine Crystal, Idaho
 

Description:

The last of my Idaho aquas, this is a cute, simple crystal with great glassy prism faces and nice flat termination.  Completely gemmy, with a nice pale blue color.  A very nice, affordable example of aquamarine beryl from this classic American locale.

 

Andradite
#ADR0001
Emerald Creek, St. Regis, Idaho, USA

25.5 x 25.3 x 25.2mm (107.8 cts)

$150

Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho
Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho

Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho

Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho
Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho
Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho

Garnet Crystal (Trapezohedron), Idaho

Description:

Look at this beauty, an andradite from a not-so-common locale, but trust me, the Emerald Creek location is known for almandine garnets and less known for these well-formed trapezohedrons of andradite garnet.  Idaho is famous for "star garnets" that form four-rayed stars when polished, but those crystals look like dodecahedrons.  I am not sure if this crystal would "star" but I would not want to find out!  It's so well-formed as it is!  I have only seen one other andradite for sale from this locale.  If you are a garnet collector, or simply want to pad your suite of American treasures, this is a super specimen, complete all around.  Grab it while its still available!

 

Xenotime-(Y)
#XEN0003
Mitchell Co., North Carolina, USA

25.0 x 21.0 x 10.2 mm

$275

Monazite, North Carolina

Monazite, North Carolina

Monazite, North Carolina

Monazite, North Carolina

Description:

OK, I know, I know, this is NOT a gem crystal!  So why is it here in this update?  Well, I found it in a box with all my other North Carolina minerals and had to just put it in this update.  Xenotime is popular mostly from Novo Horizonte (Brazil), and to a lesser extent now at Zagi Mountain (Pakistan).  But it comes from a lot of lesser known places.  This specimen shows some radioactivity, indicative of thorium or uranium replacing the yttrium or maybe uraninite present.  Not to worry, its not that "hot!"  But it is a splendid example of the species from an unusual locale.  Basically it's a cluster of crystals showing shiny faces, and earthy red color, opaque, and small amounts of a black minerals which could be uraninite.  This is a pedigreed specimen, that once resided in the A. Lincoln Sherk collection (1890s to 1969) and the Dr. Egee collection (with his old hand written label).

 

Beryl var. Emerald w/ Schorl
#EMR0007
Crabtree Mine, Spruce Pine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina, USA

55.4 x 22.2 x 20.7mm

$485
SOLD

Emerald Crystals in Matrix, Crabtree Mine, N.C.
Emerald Crystals in Matrix, Crabtree Mine, N.C.
Emerald Crystals in Matrix, Crabtree Mine, N.C.
Emerald Crystals in Matrix, Crabtree Mine, N.C.
Emerald Crystals in Matrix, Crabtree Mine, N.C.
 

Description:

More emeralds from North Carolina!  Well, this specimen is a bit different.  It is not from Hiddenite, but from the Crabtree Mine in Mitchell County.  The Crabtree Mine is famous for its deep green emeralds in contrasting matrix of schist, quartz, and black tourmaline.  Here you have it all.  The pictures do not quite capture just how deep green and lovely the emeralds are in person.  And you normally see specimens from this mine with partial crystals, sections of crystals, etc.  But here you have transparent to translucent, prismatic crystals.  The bottom of the specimen has been sawn so it displays perfectly, though it can be oriented in many ways and still looks great as you see in the pics.  You can see many schorl crystals on the backside of the specimen mixed with the quartz.  The largest crystal is about 17 mm long.  Just an incredibly aesthetic specimen, formerly of Cal Graber's stock.  You will not likely find another like it for such a great price.

 

Chambersite
#CHB0001
Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Mont Belvieu, Chambers Co., Texas, USA

 8.0 x 7.0 x 6.5mm (1.3 cts)

$675

Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas
Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas

Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas

Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas
Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas
Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas

Chambersite Crystal, Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Texas

Description:

If you know what this is, then you know it is huge for the species.  Chambersite crystals are usually less than 3mm in size.  This is one "helluva" crystal for the species!  It is 8mm across, and show wonderful tetrahedral form with lovely, complex modifications that I have never seen on a chambersite.  What looks like damage in the pics is actually complex crystallization on some surfaces.  The crystal is perfect all around, it is dark purple in transmitted light, and comes from probably the best locale for the species (not to knock the smaller Lousiana specimen above) in terms of larger crystals.  I have seen a few others in this size, one of which sold for about $900, and the other was about 1-cm in size (biggest one I ever saw) and I was about to buy it in Denver when someone literally stole it off the table when my back was turned!  Man, I was mad!  Anyway, this is your chance to own one of the best chambersites for sale in recent history, hands down.

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0013
Wray Mine, Hurricane Mt., Burnsville, Yancey Co., North Carolina, USA

48.3 x 34.7 x 15.0mm ( -- cts)

$150

Aquamarine Crystal, Wray Mine, N.C.
Aquamarine Crystal, Wray Mine, N.C.
Aquamarine Crystal, Wray Mine, N.C.
Aquamarine Crystal, Wray Mine, N.C.
Aquamarine Crystal, Wray Mine, N.C.
 

Description:

How could I not include a North Carolina aquamarine in this update?  Well, some may argue that this is a colorless beryl and should be called goshenite.  True it is pretty colorless, but the "aquas" from this mine do not get much darker than this (unless they are opaque, as I have one that is a bit more blue but not gemmy).  This is a large tabular crystal, with amazing hexagonal shape, totally transparent clarity, with many internal fractures that give the crystal some rainbow inclusions.  The broad c-face is the main termination, while the backside is unterminated.  Overall this is the best quality you will find from the Wray mine, and you will not easily find ANY aquamarines for sale from this locale.  So if you want a great N.C. specimen for the price, you know what to do!

 

Rhodochrosite
#RHC0006
Sweet Home Mine, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA

(33.4 mm diagonal) 23.9 x 19.5 x  15.0mm (117.5 cts)

$645

SOLD

Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado
Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado
Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado
Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

Rhodochrosite Crystal, Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

Description:

Fruit punch!  Cherry Jell-O!  Call it what you like, but the color of this Sweet Home rhomb is INTENSE!  For whatever reason, someone separated this rhombohedron from its matrix (wasn't me!) and made it into a great small miniature/large TN.  I mean, it is 33 mm across the diagonal, so it's not a slouch of a crystal.  Sorry about the little fuzzy lint in the pics but I had it wrapped up in toilet paper for protection.  The crystal faces are mostly natural, sharp and flat, though some show cleavage which keeps the price below $1,000.  But overall the intense color drives you to the crystal and its hard to notice its imperfections.  And what is really neat is that the crystal is shaped like a piece of optical calcite and when placed over some text on a piece of paper, you can see the double refraction which will cause doubling of the letters.  Overall this is a fabulous crystal for the price and those not familiar with the hobby often asked me if this crystal was real or made of plastic!  Poor lost souls!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0010
Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

44.1 x 8.0 x 7.3mm (24.2 cts)

$575

Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
Aquamarine Crystal, Mt. Antero, Colorado
 

Description:

Please excuse me as I wipe a tear from my eye, as this is the last specimen in this update.  I think I saved one of the best for last.  Another classic Mt. Antero aquamarine, but this one is quite big for the locale.  Albeit some 6" crystals were found there several years ago ... but you won't be finding them for sale, or at least not for less that five-figures.  This crystal here is fabulous, at over 4-cm in length with tremendous deep blue color, gorgeous etching on the prism faces, and a complete etched termination on the top of the crystal.  Please click on the pictures to "blow them up" and see how lovely the crystal is.  This crystal is not of the same habit as the deep blue Mt. Antero aqua above, but equally stunning with its size and color.  These are true American classics, and I have placed more of them here in one place than I have seen anywhere else in a long while.  I hope you would like to bring some of these treasures into your home!  Thanks for looking!

 

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