Leifeite with Aegirine and Serandite
Poudrette quarry (Demix quarry), Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallee-du-Richelieu RCM, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm
Ex. Gilles Haineault
This is a fine leifite miniature with well-balanced aesthetics. This "contrasty" piece has white natrolite that sets off black, prismatic aegirine crystals with a splash of pink serandite, culminating in a 2cm, radial cluster of off-white, silky lustered leifite at the very top! Leifite is a sodium beryllium aluminum silicate and was not common at Mont Saint-Hilaire; however, when leifite-bearing cavities were encountered, it was usually abundant in those cavities. A beautiful display piece! Ex Gilles Haineault, from the 1990s finds.