Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
Carletonite usually only occurs as either loose crystals or massive cleavages and masses. This specimen features gem bue crystals of top, intense color, perched for display on a natural pedestal of only slightly more common, massive carletonite. Relatively few specimens such as this have been found over the years here, and this locale produces not just best of species, but the ONLY examples of the species! Again, large, display quality, showy pieces seem to have been extremely rare, and I'm really happy to have had this one to offer. It is the best matrix piece I have had since the dispersal of the rest of this pocket in the 1990s. I am sure this is from the same pocket brought to the Tucson show by Gilles Haineult at that time, I want to say 1998-1999 range. Joe Budd photos