Miniature, 5.4 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm
Newry Mine, Oxford Co., Maine, USA

Nestled aesthetically in a vug of quartz with minor muscovite, are a few crystals of blue-gray, triphylite, to 1.0 cm across. They are SHARP, unusually so for the species! This is a classic East Coast locality, but its hard to get good specimens. Triphylite, a rare lithium iron phosphate, is sometimes found in pods within a pegmatite. However, crystals of this quality are extremely hard to find. Ex John Sinkankas specimen, and his card is accompanying the piece still.