Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Borough, Alaska, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 5.0 x 5.0 cm
I know that this specimen looks Peruvian, but it was collected by a personal friend of mine who lives in Alaska and travels by helicopter to the Green Monster every summer to collect Epidotes. He only recently discovered these unique Epidotes which form in "fan"-shaped crystal groups and sometimes in "jackstraw" groups as well. Those of you who visited the "American Treasures" display at Tucson this year might have seen a few of these unusual Epidotes on display in the "Green Monster Mountain" case. This piece is comprised of deep green, highly lustrous, translucent, thin, prismatic crystals of Epidote in a "fan"-shaped aggregate. The final touch to this specimen is an associated sharp, gemmy, lustrous, slightly smoky Quartz crystal. A very interesting U.S. Epidote specimen from what I was told was a one time find.