Vesper Peak, Sultan Mining Dist., Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Miniature, 3.6 x 3.0 x 2.9 cm
Ex. Charlie Key; James Zigras
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This is a very unusual association for the Vesper Peak Garnet locality. A ridged Prehnite botryoid has grown on a sliver of matrix hosting several, small, bright, variably complete, 2 to 3 mm, cinnamon-orange Grossular Garnets! The light mint-green Prehnite botryoid, although somewhat roughly textured, has a smooth appearance in that there is no evidence of any individual crystals like there is on so many of the other Prehnites in this update. The botryoid is definitely three-dimensional and has a distinct crest running right down the center of it with the remainder of the botryoid tapering down away from it, especially on one side. There is also a ridge to the Prehnite on the side opposite side of the specimen. The Prehnite is somewhat translucent and almost glows! The contrast between the pale green Prehnite and the reddish Grossulars provides great contrast. This specimen came from early recovery after the property was sold to James Zigras around 2010, and I bought it directly from James' personal collection and sold it to Charlie shortly after. It has not been on the market , publicly, before. This is a significant locality specimen aside from the unusual shape.