Zincite With Franklinite
Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.2 x 3.7 cm
An unusual old specimen from the late 1800s or early 1900s, this is a combination piece with a huge, fat 4-cm-long zincite crystal curving over a natural pedestal of calcite and zincite (another 2 cm crystal), which is terminated below with a 2.2-cm crystal of franklinite. While the zincite is not sharp and lustrous (few are!), it is huge, robust, and has a vibrant red color. So few specimens even exist, and this one is actually aesthetic and displayable compared to many. The zincite is actually 3-dimensional, fully exposed from the calcite matrix, and complete all around.