ex. Al Ordway
A rich specimen with sharp, freestanding monticellite crystals to over 1 cm, perched on semilustrous brown vesuvianite (idocrase) crystals. Al Ordway self-collected this in 1974. This lcoale produced superb examples of the species, very rare elsewhere. Few pieces I have seen are so large and displayable as this.
8.4 x 5.7 x 2.3 cm. Terrific specimen with highly lustrous bladed crystals filling not only the main pocket on the specimen, but several smaller pockets along the sides. Each crystal is well-terminated, has either smooth or striated faces, and an attractive deep blackish burnt-orange color.
NOT a Gaudefroyite ! this one fooled us at first, too! It is a SUPERB mangan-vesuvianite with deep wine-red color when backlit, so you can be sure of the ID. This specimen features xls of the highest quality and the best lustre, almost glassy in brightness - rare for the species. There is some damage to smaller crystals, but most major crystals are complete, and the display is phenomenal. The matrix is sparkling, minutely crystallized andradite garnet. The large single crystal atop is doubly-terminated and almost 2 cm long tip to tip. 4.2 x 3.9 x 3.3 cm
3.9 x 3.0 x 2.0 cm. A sharp, lustrous, jet black hausmannite crystal perched on matrix and associated with GEMMY, SHARP, manganvesuvianite crystals - a rare combo! The associated mineral is baryte, for great contrast and display. A superb little specimen with lots of character Ex. Charlie Key.
Excellent cluster of lustrous sharp prismatic crystals, it is much better in person because of the dark color of the crystals and the density of the cluster. Vesuvianites this sharp and this color are rare and desirable. Incidently, this is the new species, Manganvesuvianite, MR 34, 266. 3.7 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm
8 x 5.3 x 5.2 cm. An attractive cluster of lustrous reddish-brown manganvesuvianite on calcite. The two largest crystals have excellent luster, good color, and an average length of about 1.5 cm. They are razor sharp, and very aesthetic. Intense red flashes shine out at the viewer. Numerous smaller crystals ranging up to about .5 cm. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.
2.6 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm. A cluster of sharp, lustrous crystals of Manganvesuvianite, sprinkled with contrasting red Andradite crystals. The largest of the Manganvesuvianites is 1.7 cm long. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.
5.3 x 4.2 x 3.2 cm. A very fine cluster of sharp, terminated, incredibly lustrous crystals of Manganvesuvianite, sprinkled with a few contrasting red Andradite Garnets. The largest of the Manganvesuvianites average .7 cm long. Their luster brings out the deep red color of the crystals under good light. Very aesthetic. Ex. Charlie Key.
3.8 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm. A superb combination piece of highly lustrous Manganvesuvianite along with brilliant red Andradite Garnets. The surface is completely coated with mirror-like Manganvesuvianites, the largest of which is a sharp blocky crystal about 1 cm long and an incredible .4 cm across. The vivid red Andradites provide a beautiful contrast. Very Aesthetic and sparkling, but more than that a significant example of this vesuvianite species. Ex. Charlie Key.
5.7 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm. A very fine cluster of sharp, terminated, incredibly lustrous crystals of Manganvesuvianite. The largest of the Manganvesuvianites range up to 7mm long, and they span the specimen in numerous small pockets and along the surface. Their luster is high and any good lighting brings out the deep red color of the crystals. A very aesthetic, sparkling piece overall of this rare species. Ex. Charlie Key.
ex. Al Ordway
This is an incredibly large and almost complete floater crystal of idocrase/vesuvianite. It exhibits very good luster and some translucence at the edges. The color ranges from olive green to brownish green. It may be the single largest, fine idocrase/vesuvianite crystal I have ever seen, come to think of it. THe piece has a few good display angles. The back is contacted and there is a little damage in bottom. Still, I have seen tables of mediocre and small pieces from this locale, but this is actually pretty, attractive, and symmetric!
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