Willemite In Rhodonite
Large Cabinet, 16.4 x 10.0 x 8.4 cm
Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey, USA
Ex. George Elling
At 1600 grams, this is a fairly good-sized, impressively hefty specimen! Like the above piece, I am frankly shocked I talked my Franklin-loving friend into culling it as a duplicate because although he has other major willemites (in an extensive collection!), these two are really fine ones the likes of which I have not seen on the public market for sale, recently. This piece features fat willemite crystals to 7 cm tall, with a few franklinites perched upon them. They are ensconced in calcite (fluorescent red) and rhodonite matrix. The specimen was long on display in the Paterson Museum, which only let it trade out as part of an exchange for some extremely rare and valuable New Jersey pearls from the 1800s...or this never would have left the museum. A superb, impactful specimen!