Sugarloaf Mountain, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, USA
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
Ex. Robert Whitmore
This specimen is regarded as the finest gem phenacite crystal found in the US and certainly must be a candidate in world ranking as well. It is from the Natalie Batchelder Collection to Bob in 1985. Thought to have been mined circa 1940 by a relative, and long misidentified as topaz until Carl Francis XRAYED it for a suspicious Bob in the late 1980s. It is a totally gemmy, flawless, gem quality crystal within brilliant is a MIRACLE the thing was not cut as a "topaz" along its trajectory through history! I am proud to say that, by working together with Bob Whitmore we have found it a home now in a major Institutional collection. Featured in the June-July issue of Rocks & Minerals Magazine Connosseur's Choice article on this species.