ex. Ernie Schlichter
Growing out of a matrix of garnet-mica schist is a most unusual specimen: It features lustrous, brown, staurolite crystals, some doubly terminated and up to 6 cm in length. To top it off, there are several purplish-red garnet crystals, up to 2 cm across on the staurolite. This is definitely not a common occurrence and I cannot recall seeing the association, in fact.
8.2 x 7.4 x 2.5 cm. Embedded in starkly contrasting mica schist are about a dozen crystals of the nesosilicate staurolite. This is the same mineral that forms the well-known "fairy crosses" from Georgia in the U.S. Here, most of the crystals are elongated prisms, but in a couple of examples they have formed crosses. They stand out beautifully from the matrix!
5.5 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm. An old-time twinned staurolite crystal nicely set in gneiss matrix from a classic Maine locality - the Cook Road Staurolite locality. The lustrous, dark brown crystal has an undamaged, sharp, stepped termination. Comes with an OLD cloth label on the back. Ex. George Elling Collection.
3.4 x 1.3 x 0.9 cm. Staurolite from Georgia is best-known in the form of "fairy crosses", usually embedded in matrix. This, however, is a single floater crystal of textbook form, terminated on both ends and complete. Ex. Carlton Davis Collection.
A large and very sharp twinned staurolite crystal from a classic French locality. Ex Gene Meieran Collection. For what it is, this is actually a pretty good piece 5.6 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm
3.0 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm. A very sharp, lustrous, chocolate-brown staurolite crystal from an uncommon Brazilian locality and the Fred Pough Collection. This complete all-around and pristine crystal has textbook crystal form. Excellent material for the species and locality, with a fine provenance.
4.5 x 4.5 x 1.4 cm. A very large and equant staurolite "cross twin", from this classic old locality for the material. Most are 1 inch or smaller, this is a relatively large one to be in such symmetric form. It seems to be either partially included by muscovite, or perhaps partially altered to a species of mica, as there are micaceous flecks within the surface. Ex. Harold Urish Collection.
10.9 x 7.3 x 3.8 cm. A 2.5 cm, sharp, lustrous, brown staurolite crystal is aesthetically set in a cabinet-sized matrix of sculptural, sparkly biotite schist. Staurolite is known from the much less common Petaca District of New Mexico, but is rarely seen and is very rarely available. Smaller staurolites are scattered on both the front and back of the matrix. Old-time material from the Mullane Collection.
An aesthetic and showy specimen of sharp, lustrous brown cruciform-twinned and V-twinned staurolite crystals on sparkly muscovite schist from the Kola Peninsula of Russia. An excellent piece with two different crystal habits. You RARELY see both stereotypical crysatl forms for the species in close proximity on the same specimen - this is truly exceptional, even if color-challanged I admit. 5.7 x 5.3 x 2.1 cm
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11.1 x 9.8 x 3.9 cm. Growing out of a matrix of garnet-mica schist is a most unusual specimen: It features lustrous, brown staurolite crystals, some doubly terminated and up to 6 cm in length. To top it off, there are several purplish-red garnet crystals, up to 2 cm across on the staurolite. This is definitely not a common occurrence and I cannot recall seeing the association, in fact. Ex. Ernie Schlichter Collection.
Staurolite classically forms crosses and "x"es but this is an unusually fat and dramatic example of the habit, and perched nicely on a well-trimmed matrix no less! 7.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm
Staurolite classically forms crosses and "x"es but this is an unusually fat and dramatic example of the habit! 7.8 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm
A superb locality piece consisting of a combination of terminated, translucent to transparent, sky blue kyanite crystals to 4.5 cm , accenting deep reddish-brown staurolite crystals to 2.75 cm. They have grown in a matrix of sugary white, massive quartz. The stuarolite is especially fine, for the form and translucency of the crystal. All this, plus, coming from an old European alpine vein! 7.7 x 4.1 x 2.2 cm
An EXCELLENT and showy plate richly covered with lustrous, chocolate-brown staurolite crystals to 1.2 cm from the famous Franconia Mine at Lisbon, New Hampshire. This fine piece is very nearly pristine, with only a couple of bruised crystals, which are barely noticeable. Ex Richard Hauck Collection with two, fine, old labels. 9.3 x 5.8 x 3.1 cm
A sharp, lustrous, euhedral, doubly terminated, black staurolite crystal with nicely patterned, filled etch pits from a famous Connecticut locality, Redding in Fairfield County. Fine staurolite crystals, such as this, are very uncommon from Redding. Ex Richard Hauck Collection. 5.2 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm
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