ex. Martin Zinn
It is easy to discern that these were once vivianite crystals by their bladed nature, some doubly terminated and 3.0 cm in length. They are now turned to a burnt-umber color by santabarbaraite, a rare hydrated iron phosphate. A truly unusual pseudomorph! Very few of these were recovered in a series of phosphate pods mined through in the 1990s. I have seen several dozen good Santabarbaraite specimens out of LITERALLy thousands of vivianites and dozens of specimens of anapaite from here. This is, truly, uncommon. And, best of species, I am told.
ex. Sam Nasser
gemmy, sharp single crystal, complete all around!.
ex. David Stoudt
ex. John Barlow
In the 1980s and early 1990s, now famous finds of beautiful green ludlamites were found here. Some of those pockets, a few, had vivianite. Most of the crystals were cruddy, but in March 1994, this spectacular , elongated, complete crystal was produced. I am told that it is one of the best single vivianites recovered from Mexico (as Barlow writes in his book), and certainly I have seen nothing even close to it for sale. It is extremely gemmy and remains so, 20 years after being mined. The crystal has a strange, melted look that is quite unlike any vivianites I have seen but very oddly similar to the melted look of some galenas from this district. Formerly in the John Barlow Collection (illustrated in his book from 1998, on page 340), it was sold off in 1998 along with the rest of the collection and quickly nabbed by Arizona/Mexico collector Evan Jones. Evan sold the Mexico suite to concentrate on Arizona, and at that time I purchased this piece for the Stoudt collection.. Joe Budd photos.
An old US classic now, these were found in the 1960s and remain the finest vivianites ever from the USA. They have a unique purple color - I have no idea what causes it, but NO other vivianites from any other locale seem to have it, so these are unmistakeable when they do turn up. This specimen has a particularly well-formed, robust crystal that is much thicker at 5-6mm than most such specimens (they tend to be 2-3mm). The dominant crystal displays dramatically, and as youc an see backlights pretty impressively too, to show off that novel color. Fine old pieces like this, particuarly as superb miniatures, are NOT easily obtained and are only available as the major old collections are recycled. ex. Jaime Bird Collection.
I had never seen vivianite from New Jersey myself, and was surprised to see this piece (with an accompanying old Italian label) on a table at Munich where an old colelction of US and Mexico locality pieces was being broken up. The specimen has dark green blades in a protected pocket of hard sandstone. Thanks to Jim Chenard for more comments: This location is old, and part may still be accessible, if they have not developed the whole area.The crystals are on the larger side from there, and it is most likely an older piece. See article: Mullica Hill, New Jersey in Min. Rec. 9-10/1980.
A jackstraw arrangement of extremely lustrous, elongated, dark green vivianite crystals, to 2.0 cm in length (a large DT crystal in middle). This is of good size for the deposit, and not many have evr come out. They are emplaced on a color-contrasting, limonite matrix. The vivianite crystals are in good shape with most having nail head terminations. I have NEVER seen a cabinet specimen from this locality and this is thus a pretty significant Florida and US vivianite. These were mined in the mid-1980s by the mine geologist and kept in his collection until we bought the lot, last year.
Three crystals, to 1.0 cm in length, of lustrous, mostly opaque, dark green vivianite, have grown on contrasting brown matrix. One crystal is especially translucent, with a greenish- blue color.
A brilliantly lustrous cluster of jackstraw, lustrous, bluish-dark green, vivianite crystals, to 1.25 cm in length, perched atop of a limonite stained matrix. This is one of the choicest, richest miniatures I have seen from the locale and is a superb display quality. A significant Florida and US vivianite. These were mined in the mid-1980s by the mine geologist and kept in his collection until we bought the lot, last year.
This matrix specimen contains several, lustrous and translucent, blue-dark green, crystals, to 1.0 cm in length. A few of the vivianite crystals are also doubly terminated. A significant Florida and US vivianite. These were mined in the mid-1980s by the mine geologist and kept in his collection until we bought the lot, last year.
Emplaced on a white matrix are a few, lustrous, dark green-blue, vivianite crystals, to 1.5 cm in length. The largest crystal is tabular to bladed, unlike those from the other specimens, which are mostly prismatic. This looks more like a Bolivian vivianite, but on a florida matrix of phosphates. A significant Florida and US vivianite. These were mined in the mid-1980s by the mine geologist and kept in his collection until we bought the lot, last year. very large locality crystal!
Perched high on a limonite stained matrix is a cluster of lustrous, dark green-blue colored vivianite crystals, to 1.0 cm across. At least two of the crystals are doubly terminated and also translucent, with a rich blue color.
Perched on white matrix is a lustrous and translucent, crystal, measuring 1.5 cm across. The crystal is doubly terminated and has a external color of back-blue. The internal color is greenish-blue.
A vertical spray, on matrix, consists of several crystals, to 1.6 cm in length, of lustrous and translucent, blue to green colored vivianite. Extremely aesthetic!
Perhaps the most aesthetic vivianite specimen in this update, a single glassy and gemmy, blue green crystal, measuring 1.6 cm in length, rises majestically from a limonite stained vug.
A small cluster of glassy and gemmy, blue green, vivianite crystals, to 2.0 cm in length, exhibit branching or arborescent growth. Aesthetic!
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