Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 5.9 x 4.0 cm
Braen Quarry (Braen Stone Industry Quarry; Sam Braen Quarry), Haledon, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA
Most people do not know how fine the numerous Zeolites and associated species from the various quarries in the Watchung Mountains actually are. The Braen Quarry was for many years seldom collected locality, but recently some daring individuals made their way into the quarry to collect some very attractive Stilbite and Stellerite specimens. I've seen some very beautiful, cream colored Stilbite spheres from this locality, but the Stellerite specimens are much better when it comes to quality. The majority of Stellerite found around the world is opaque, and rarely gemmy, let alone gem quality. This particular piece features outstanding, lustrous, GEM/gemmy, colorless, jelly-like, sphere-shaped radiating aggregates of Stellerite measuring up to 9 mm on basalt. It is incredibly rare to find GEM quality STELLERITE from any locality, as most specimens are completely opaque! This is a great small cabinet size specimen of an uncommon Zeolite. This specimen is from a fairly new find in this historic quarry, and was one of the last pieces that Rich Kosnar acquired before he died. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.