- Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 3.0 x 2.9 cm
- 5 Mile Point, Eagle River, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA
I have followed this find since I was a kid in the Midwest, and I was able to obtain a single thumbnail specimen from this infamous pocket when it was collected in the mid 1980s-I think I paid $40 for a 1 cm crystal then! I have only EVER seen 4 of them for sale and another in the Seaman Museum. These are the only sharp, gemmy scalenohedrons found in the modern era in this old district, and it seems a freak find of just this pocket. Unless you had a label, there is no way you would believe these to be from the USA as opposed to England! This piece is the largest I have ever seen. Sitting on a bit of matrix is a glorious, tapered, glassy and gemmy, colorless calcite crystal. One side exhibits a most visual and eye pleasing effect, where two faces have formed a subtle hourglass figure. This is surely one of the nicest upper-Michigan calcites, even though there is a tiny cleave at the termination. But considering its rarity, I can accept that. This was one of the most expensive calcite specimens I ever bought at the time, back when I bought it for my own old calcite collection (in the early 1990s) .