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Grossular with Heazlewoodite, Clinoclore and Gold!
stock #AX-16-431
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos (now Val-des-Sources, Estrie,
Quebec, Canada
5.3 x 3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $1500
Pre Tucson

An important and exotic piece from Jeffrey Mine, this has the deep green gemmy Grossular (so called Chrome Grossular) scattered on a matrix of Clinochlore etc. This alone is not so exotic or important, but both Heazlewoodite and native Gold are. While this is an attractive specimen of brilliant Garnets, the main interest (for some) is several very well-formed, sharp tiny crystals and clusters of Heazelwoodite. Seen with magnification these are textbook sharp, of course this is a rare mineral worldwide and very rare at Jeffrey. But what makes this even more important is only seen starting at 40 X magnification and best revealed at 80-100x. There are several tiny but distinct crystals of Gold some of which are elongated. Of course this is all micro sized but super-rare and impossible to find material from this world-class locality. Aside from the exciting micros, the overall esthetics of the bright green Grossular is attractive in its own right. Unfortunately our photographs at very low magnifications can not show the micros properly, but they may be rephotographed later on with specialized gear.

Pectolite - fine prismatic crystals
stock #AX-16-489
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos (now Val-des-Sources, Estrie,
Quebec, Canada
4.3 x 3.8 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
price: $520
Pre Tucson

An especially well-formed cluster of prismatic, doubly terminated crystals of Pectolite from the great find more than 25 years ago at the Jeffrey Mine of Quebec. Pectolite is only rarely found in prismatic crystals like this, it is typically in spheres or thin radiating needles. Worldwide only the Jeffrey Mine and the Poudrette Quarry (both in Quebec, Canada) ever produced crystals of this sort. Pectolite is a Calcium analog of Serandite, which is also a Canadian specialty. These crystals are in a jackstraw arrangement and transparent on edges, lustrous and have a light milky color. In excellent condition, the form is classic for the Jeffrey Mine, this style has never been found anyplace else on earth, and is a rare crystalized representation of this specie.

Cubanite - conjoined sixling twin
stock #AX-24-531
Henderson Number 2, Chibougamau
Quebec, Canada
2.5 x 1.8 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $950
Pre Tucson

Super sharp and lustrous golden metallic Cubanite twins in a complete asymmetric spray. From the remote Henderson number 2 Mine, vintage 1996. The Cubanites from this mine are far and away the best in the world, sadly this was the last find. There have been no more for over 25 years. Cubanite is a fragile specie, these undamaged twins are very rare. This one is exceptional with complete edges. It may look in the photos like the edges are contacted or broken but in person they are complete and crystalized all around. The radiating crystals have the classic sixling habit that is so distinctive of this specie at this location. There are not many nice ones for sale today, this is a rare "reasonable" price thumbnail that is also much prettier in person.

Cubanite - very large crystals
stock #8.AE-702
Henderson Number 2, Chibougamau
Quebec, Canada
5.3 x 4.3 x 1.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $2900
Early summer 2023

Large twinned crystals in a cluster with minimal matrix. The 2 largest crystals are 3.7 and 2.9 CM across which is huge for the specie. None of the 5 main crystals are perfect, all are either contacted or have some edge chipping. The right side crystal that looks broken in photos is mostly only contacted and has a stepped crystal growth on the edge. All crystals are a bright golden metallic and most show the classic twinning that is famed at this locale. While not for perfectionists this is still a substantial specimen and not 5 or 6 figures in price. The Henderson Mine at Chibougamau closed forever in 1986. For a very short time the best Cubanites ever seen were produced, though great ones were still very rare. Today these are prized as modern classics and when perfect command very high prices. While this is not perfect it is still attractive and the crystals are exceptionally large.

Chabazite with Heulandite
stock #23.1-412
Wasson's Bluff
Nova Scotia, Canada
8.3 x 5.2 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $170
Early summer 2023

Well-crystallized Chabazite with strong salmon-orange color. From the famed cliffs of Wassons Bluff, Nova Scotia, this was collected in 1967 by Les Hitchings. Over the years there have been many good specimens of Chabazite that are sometimes exposed in these cliffs by the tides. Most are pale pink but deeper orange color like this are the most desirable. A modern classic.

Spinel - large crystals on Diopside
stock #9.1-075
Near McDonald Island
Northwest Territories, Canada
11.1 x 8.3 x 7.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $590
Spring 23

A large cabinet sized specimen with several sizable dark blue Spinel crystals prominently sitting on the matrix. A very fine example from this remote and little known area. This specimen was collected by Brad Wilson (a very well-known prolific field collector) and was later in the collection of, (and sold by), the late Ernie Schlichter, another well-respected field collector and mineral dealer. The Spinel crystals reach 3.6 CM in size and are nestled in a crystallized matrix of Diopside crystals. A very impressive specimen from a find many years ago, Mindat notes this Diopside skarn stating "The actual locality is a small unnamed island near MacDonald Island on the south coast of Baffin Island approximately 200 km northwest of Lake Harbour". This specimen has the largest crystals I have seen (although we have not seen more than a few, these are not common). No longer available except when collections are liquidated. The display side is in excellent condition, the back of the largest crystal is contacted though not visible from the front. A choice Skarn specimen unlike Spinels from most any other localities.

Diopside, Biotite
stock #13.1-364
Birds Creek (McFall Lake), Herschel Township, Hastings Highlands Municip
Ontario, Canada
5.1 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $350
Spring 23

Well-defined, lustrous Diopside crystal up to about 2 CM in a cluster with almost no matrix, just minor Biotite. An older specimen 1960 vintage from the Ruth and Andy Palmer and, also, the William Hladysz collections. The crystals look dark green in normal lighting but with backlight they are translucent and show a bright yellow-green hue. Attractive and in fine condition, it looks similar to classic Dekalb New York specimens, but is from the Bancroft area. This is one of the best we have seen from the area.

Serandite - large blocky habit crystal
stock #23.1-152
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
Quebec, Canada
5.1 x 4.2 x 3,1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Spring 23

A fine modern classic from the great Mont St. Hilaire of Quebec, Canada. A fat, bright orange Serandite crystal with no matrix from the world's best locality for this amazing specie. This is sharply terminated on the top, however the lower end is contacted and rough. Despite that roughness some termination is there as well, but not complete. The crystal also show some good transparency and translucency on the outer edges. As most collectors now know, many so called Serandites have recently been proven not to be Serandite at all but are the mineral Schizolite. This is a confirmed Serandite, and the recent research that many Serandites are wrongly labeled has made this previously uncommon mineral even more rare. This is a choice example. Most faces of this crystal are very sharp and fairly lustrous, it is far larger and better formed than most. There are some faces with stepped growth on the backside but overall the crystal is very distinct and prismatic.