Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm
A classic combination piece from the great mines at Mont Saint-Hilaire. The Serandite-Analcime combination is one of the most famous, and highly desired, combinations, and both are excellent here. Good form and luster are hallmarks of both species here, with the flesh-colored Serandite blades reaching 5 cm and the largest, complex, euhedral Analcime reaching 1.3 cm. In combination there are white, pearly blades of Polylithionite (Mica group) that fluoresce a brilliant white. There are also tan crystal sprays of an unknown mineral (Pectolite, Calcite?) that fluoresce a modest red. The Aegirine (Acmite) blades exceed 1.5 cm, and may even reach 2 cm. This is a distinguished and aesthetic combination piece from famous Mont Saint-Hilaire. Obtained in trade by Dr Art Soregaroli from the National Museum of Canada in 1991.
Poudrette quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 3.2 x 3.1 cm
Serandite only occurs in good crystals at this classic Canadian locale, and this particular style came once in the late 1970s, characterized by: intensely color-saturated, smoked-salmon-flesh-orange crystals; aesthetic and elongated form; and the association with shaped-shaped analcime. They are incredibly rare on the market today! I buy every one I can lay hands on (perhaps half a dozen in the last decade?). These are simply not available on the market, and have been found nowhere else in the world. This piece is a world class example in its size range. And, it IS complete, and displays phenomenally well from ALL sides. This is an incredible, balanced, colorful example from this rare pocket. The association of a small, sharp natrolite crystal at the top really caps it, with a unique little twist. Joe Budd Photos.
Junnila mine, New Idria District, San Benito Co., California, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 3 x 2.25 cm
A 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm fresnoite crystal stands dramatically upon contrasting matrix here! Fresnoite is among the rarest of the San Benito County mineral suite, perched on contrasting matrix of small analcime crystals! The world's best fresonites, undisputedly came from a small region near the benitoite mine in this region, in particular the Junnila Claim. This is from the find of Scott Kleine in about 2002, called the "4th of July Pocket." It resided in his collection for some time, and I always felt it was one of the better miniatures in the find (and thus for the species).
White Mountain, Legional County, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Cabinet, 10.3 x 9.7 x 4.6 cm
An unusually large plate of fine analcime crystals in a basalt pocket from this seldom-seen locality, featuring one central crystal that is 3.2 cm across. Minor natrolite is in association as well. The piece is large and significant. Ex RFD Parkinson collection in 1965 to the Ted Johnson collection.
Exceptional crystals for this locality, of this rare zeolite species. Seldom found at any US locality in good size, let alone from the historic copper mines of Northern Michigan. In fact, this is a highly unusual environment and association for them to form in, but there they are. The crystal in center is 3 cm, not counting the sidecar to its left. Seldom do you see a crystal of this magnitude, though. From the late Ernie Schlichter's noted Copper Country sub-collection. Joe Budd Photos.
A glassy, translucent, snow-white crystal of analcime, measuring 3.4 cm across, is aesthetically perched high on matrix. Superb locality example, and better than other (smaller) specimens I have personally seen from here in the past. Self-collected by Robert Fender many years ago (probably circa 1960s-1970s). Surprisingly, this ranks up there with analcime from Mt St Hilaire, and I had no idea that the Parrsboro area produced this quality.
Analcime is one of the few Zeolites that forms in gemmy enough crystals for faceting. The Bay of Fundy area in Nova Scotia has been known to produce gemmy crystals of Analcime, though not very big. This stone actually looks much better in person, and was a real chore to photograph. Because the photos magnify to gem so much, they make it looks heavily included, and the stone actually faces up quite well with only moderate inclusions. The stone has a "Cushion" cut, and is what would be considered "gem quality." One does not often see gem quality Analcime on the market anymore as most localities produce chalky white crystals that rarely show any gem areas whatsoever. This stone would make a nice addition to a rare colorless stone collection, a Canadian gem collection, or even a facetted Zeolite suite.
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Miniature – Maximum 5.0 cm
Small Cabinet – Maximum 9.4 cm
Cabinet – Maximum 18.0 cm
Large Cabinet – Over 18.0 cm
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