Albite With Hematite
Enosburg Falls Stone Quarry, Enosburgh, Franklin County, Vermont
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.0 x 2.7 cm
Nestled on matrix here is a cluster of are pearlescent and translucent crystals of clear-to-white albite, to 2.5 cm across. The largest crystal is also twinned. Along with the albite is a tabular, metallic, black-silvery hematite crystal that looks for all the world like a rosette of hematite from Switzerland ("eisenrosen"). The hematite, which should obviously be considered quite large for the locale based on what else I have here, is 2.5 cm across. There is minor peripheral contact to the hematite cluster on its top-rear faces but the display side is impressive and I do believe this to be a FAIRLY important US specimen. In fact, this pocket produced seemingly the only good hematite rosettes of such robust style that I am aware of from the East Coast of the USA (and I asked the same of several museum curators who confirmed this as well). As a combo specimen, it is also aesthetic and displays well.