The Jeffrey has stopped producing these famous vesuvianites, and the good ones have quickly dried up on the market. This super mini is from a stash we bought when the last ones were coming out about a year ago. It features two major fat crystals, the largest an inch long, with fine gemminess, glassy luster and great color! 3.9 x 3.0 x 2.4 cm
A cluster of vesuvianites to 2 cm, with glassy luster and mixing green and purple tones. The Jeffrey closed recently, so whatever of these you see are from old stashes, and they are noticeably more scarce on the market. 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm
A FINE, DOUBLY-TERMINATED floater cluster of lustrous purple vesuvianite, with touches of green. The terminations are an intense purple. There is a big, fat termination on one end, and two (the termination of that fat crystal plus a smaller intergrown one) on the other end. There is only one very small area of contact or attachment on one side of the specimen. The Jeffrey is now CLOSED, and there has been a real scramble to get specimens while they are still floating around! 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm
The mining of these famous vesuvianites is FINISHED; any you see now on the market, and it''s not many, are from old stashes. This cluster has contact along one edge, but the crystals have good luster and a nice combination of purple and green color. 3.0 x 2.9 x 1.6 cm, 1.7 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm
What a RARE THING to find on the market - an old North Carolina hessonite specimen with literally DOZENS of crystals in multiple pockets! Many of these crystals measure to over one centimeter and are a lustrous and sharp as glass! The pockets are on both the front and back side of this large matrix. The crystals have a very pretty burgundy-wine color. 15.1 x 9.3 x 9.3 cm
ex. Marilyn Dodge
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.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
When you take a careful look at these Vesuvianite crystals, you begin to realize why this is such a good thumbnail. The deep green color, excellent crystal form with sharp edges and striated sides, and shiny luster create a lot of appeal. Add a very nice geometry to the cluster of crystals and you have a very fine thumb. Despite some minor edge wear, it is significant for the locality.
A limestone matrix and millimeter-size epidote form the substrate for a row of colorless, translucent, calcite crystals, the largest of which is 1.0 cm across. Aesthetically, nestled along side the calcite is a cluster of extremely lustrous, barrel-shaped prismatic, translucent red vesuvianite crystals. The largest reaches 1.0 cm across. The total effect, including the color contrast, is mesmerizing. IT IS MUCH BETTER IN PERSON and this is one of the better specimens I have sen far seen from new finds in Pakistan.
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.
ex. Robert Whitmore
Obtained many decades ago in a lucky find, this was long a treasured piece in the collection. It is a huge, symmetric, lustrous chocolate-brown, freestanding crystal of vesuvianite from this VERY important locality for the species that goes back in history. It is the kind of piece that you could see New England collectors fight over, and indeed there is a story about one of these remarkable crystals causing such a ruckus not too long ago. This is thought to be, by Bob and others (not by myself...I have seen so few, I had no experience except instinct here), the largest fine example extant. It is a display quality, in every way, as well, and belongs in a museum
ex. Martin Zinn
Shockingly vivid, deep green vesuvianite crystals to 3 cm cover the front display face of this massive grossular matrix from the Jeffrey Mine (now closed). I have never seen such a large and richly covered specimen of thi smaterial - it is extremely rare in any case and usually all you can get is a thumbnail with 1 cm crystal IF you are lucky. This is a monster, both for size of crystals and for size of the piece. The lustre is like glass, the highest possible in a Canadian vesuvianite I would say. The color is so incredible in person you will not believe its a vesuvianite. The deep rich green hue is due to, I am told, being infused with excess chromium during growth.
Deep wine-red crystals to good size, of the classic Italian vesuvianite! This is a large, fat, very lustrous and glassy crystal of high quality for the style! It is pristine save for one small ding or contact in the upper-right.
The Jeffrey Mine, now closed, is well known for its beautiful specimens of both grossular garnet and vesuvianite. This particular specimen is an exquisite, world class, competition quality, thumbnail. It is well formed, translucent, lustrous, with a rich, emerald green color. These deep green crystals are the rarest of all the vesuvianite styles, and gemmy, elongate ones like this the most so. It is SO vivid and unusual a green, most people would assume it is a tsavorite GARNET or a funny tourmaline, before guessing it might be a vesuvianite.
This exquisite matrix miniature of a spinel crystal is complete all around and free of damage, and beautifully terminated. It has a rich "satiny" lustre, characteristic of pocket-growth crystals that have never been covered by other rock, or calcite infill which has to be removed with acid. This locality historically produced spinels of this calibre, but they came out 20 years and more ago. This new find at the same old locale has provided us a small new supply of these spinel classics. What is nice , though, is that the overall quality for this combination of size and crystal habit of spinel has not been surpassed in the meantime - they stand as important spinels, not just as interesting locality classics, in other words.
An elegant cluster of deep wine-red Vesuvianite from new finds in Pakistan! Nice!
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