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Vesuvianite from Bellecombe, Val D'Aosta, Italy [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/D1088b.jpg]
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.
Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/SEPT1209f.jpg]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.6 x 2.2 cm
Beautiful apple-green crystals to 1 cm of this classic vesuvianite, from the now-closed asbestos mine in Quebec. This is a rich specimen with lots of sparkle to it
Vesuvianite var. Manganoan from Jeffrey Mine, Sabestos, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/2013-updates/RobC-DEN13/Vesuvianite-JeffreyMine-Canada-51mm-JB994-09c.jpg]
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.
Vesuvianite (floater) from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/J14/J1410a.jpg]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 3.9 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm
A well formed, doubly-terminated vesuvianite crystal "floater" with no visible points of attachment, this vesuvianite crystal exhibits glassy luster and good translucence with a beautiful green color. The basal termination has very minor bruising which is really of little significance, and is a bonus in any case to the top termination which is amazingly equant. This mine, long a source of fine crystals, is now commercially closed.
Vesuvianite with Garnet from Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta Valley, Italy [http://img.irocks.com/pics/md33a.jpg]
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.
Vesuvianite from Dassu, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14A/OB14A19a.JPG]
Dassu, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.2 x 3 cm
Fine set of three sharp, individual Vesuvianite crystals, on matrix. The color is a deep cinnamon-brown with flashes of red, indicating some amount of gemminess. The luster on the striated faces is superb, with the terminations being complete, and frosted. The largest of the crystals is 1 cm tall and 1 cm across. An attractive specimen from a small find in Pakistan.
Vesuvianite from Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14C/ob14c28a-herb-obodda-fine-mineral-specimens.JPG]
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Miniature, 4 x 3 x 3 cm
This is a rich, cluster of 'Alpine cleft'-type Vesuvianite crystals with incredible luster. There are dozens of very sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, "root beer"-colored prisms of Vesuvianite, the largest of which is .9 cm. These Vesuvianite crystals form a dense, aesthetic cluster, especially on the presentation side where they splay out almost radially. The crystals have gemmy terminations where you can see sparkles of the clove-brown color. Much better in person, even. These came only in a few pockets around 2009-2010.
Vesuvianite var. Californite from California [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/rlkg227a.jpg]
California
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.
Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/tmix07-142a.jpg]
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!
Vesuvianite with Groutite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/pics/tmix07-143a.jpg]
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.