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Bellecombe, Val D'Aosta, Italy
Miniature, 4.9 x 4.9 x 3.1 cm
This rich, display-sized specimen hosts a number of elongated, sharply crystallized vesuvianites to nearly 2 cm. These are classic, forest-green vesuvianite crystals from the Italian Piedmont. Nice clusters like this have tended to stay in Italy with the collectors, and we seldom see (at least in the US) anything really good. Unique compared to other locales, these are immediately recognizable classics.
Thumbnail, 8.72 mm x 5.14 mm ; 1.19 cts
Vesuvianite is one of the rarest and lesser known collector gems out there. When properly cut it is as bright and attractive as Garnet for which this material strongly resembles. This material occurs in a myriad of colors ranging from brown to yellow to green to red and even pink. The two most sought after colors in the gem world are green and red. This particular gem is from the new finds of Vesuvianite in Kenya, and is a beautiful golden color, very very slightly included gem with a "Pear" cut. This stone is a very good unique color and not a dark green or a dull green. A lovely hard to find bright green Vesuvianite for any collector.
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta Valley, Italy
Thumbnail, 3 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm
This is a beautiful combination of rich reddish, extremely large crystals of Vesuvianites sprinkled with many tiny gemmy garnets (hessonite) that form a glittering background to the upright Vesuvianite crystal. The Vesuvianites have excellent luster and classic vertical striations, as well as very fine and full terminations. The aesthetics of this piece are truly amazing and it is a world class example of htis Italian classic. It really should be a miniature, if smallish perhaps. BUT, if put in a box diagonally, it can fit in a TN box. This is one of the finest such crystals I have seen for sale and is surely old.
Thumbnail, 15.6 x 11.3 mm ; 8.10 carats
This material is a variety of Vesuvianite, that is sometimes called "California Jade". The name for this stone is actually pretty old, and dates back to the days of noted gemologist George Kunz who first described the material. At the time, he thought it was a new form of jade, but Vesuvianite is often confused for other minerals. This "Oval" cut stone is actually a very good quality gem for this material as it has great translucency, and amazingly rich color. The stone is a bit cloudy, but has a nice green color that shows up very well.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm
Overall, the finest vesuvianites in the world, both green and purple, came from this great open pit mine. Now closed, the mine produced few specimens of the aesthetic quality of this cluster: which is gemmy, lustrous, and has a very pleasing apple green color. The largest crystal measures 3.3 cm in length. Complete all around! This small group came from an old stash, and I expect few more such to show up on the market over time. THIS HAS BETTER COLOR, more green, in person!
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm
This large and undamaged matrix specimen is covered with gemmy, lustrous, apple green crystals of vesuvianite, to 2.0 cm in length. There are also elongated 2mm crystals of an opaque, dark green, mineral scattered on several vesuvianite crystals, which have been analyzed as acicular groutite, a manganese oxide. This is a very good, relatively large specimen anyways, but the groutite adds a neat touch.
Jeffrey Mine, Sabestos, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 5.1 x 4.4 x 3.6 cm
These come from the now-defunct Jeffrey Mine in Canada, which once was the largest asbestos producer in North America, I think. The color on this piece is amazing! Most are green, from here. The few that are purple, tend to be lavender colored or mixed with green tones. The brilliant glassy luster and deep purple color of this piece set it on a level apart from most (and ANY mn-vesuvianite is quite rare, really). Although the photos are good, the piece is actually quite a bit better and more 3-dimensional in person and a good bit more intense purple in fluorescent room lights than in halogen as photographed here. It is not pristine, but is nearly so, and certainly on the major crystals where it matters. This piece is from the Ken Rippere collection. Joe Budd Photos.