SM21-129
Serandite with Aegirine
$1,450.00
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 3.6 x 3.0 cm
Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallee-du-Richelieu RCM, Monteregie, Quebec, Canada
Ex. Charlie Key
This is an unusual Serandite for Mont Saint-Hilaire in the weird style of crystallization, which is probably why it was long kept in the private collection of dealer-collector Charlie Key (i.e. Ludlockite and Keyite). Charlie had an extensive MSH suite, built over 60 years of wheeling and dealing in Canada. Two sets of slightly divergent, pink, bladed crystals to 6.5 cm form a V-shape, and each component to the V is made up of bladed Serandite crystals in near parallel growth. Individual blades in each clustered component are just slightly offset relative to one another. Several small, incomplete crystals of jet-black Aegirine are present that cross-cut the Serandite blades. Another unusual aspect to the piece is that some of the crystals are partially hollow where broken, making us wonder if the Serandite might be a cast after another pre-existing mineral such as catapleiite?! Ex Charlie Key collection
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