Miniature, 5.0 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm
Neck, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

An old classic from one of the few East Coast localities for tourmalines of any quality, this is a very rare matrix specimen. It features 3 crystals in a smoky quartz point, all embedded and growing into each other. The best is 4.4 cm long with a nice pink termination on a dark green core. Although 2 crystals (on the back as I display it) are damaged, the two pink-tipped ones are terminated and display nicely - and I can count the number of Haddam Neck matrix pieces of any quality that I have seen, on one hand. Obtained by John Marshall (probably in the 1970s) from Pete Dunn, before he went to work at the Smithsonian, and long in the Marshall collection. John exchanged it to Lawrence Conklin before he passed away. Joe Budd photos

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