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Vesuvianite - gem crystal with unusual color
stock #AX-35-500
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.7 x .8 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $550
new year 2021

A choice, flawless crystal that is fully transparent and has complex internal crazing. Incredibly lustrous. A competition level thumbnail that is undamaged on all sides. The color of this Vesuvianite is unlike nearly all greens from the Jeffrey Mine, it is a dark asparagus green with yellow highlights. Jeffrey Mine Vesuvianites are thought by many to be by far the best in the world. The locality has produced many habits and vivid colors, this will be a fine addition to any Jeffrey suite or just as a fine quality thumbnail.

Grossular - gemmy crystals
stock #AX-16-570
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.2 x 2 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $175
new year 2021

Thumbnail specimen of fine transparent Garnet. These are well-defined, isolated and brilliantly lustrous. The Garnets are perched on a very thin plate of matrix, all show glassy striations on the larger faces. From the great Jeffrey Mine, this thumbnail is a fine but scaled-down version of larger specimens that can cost a fortune when available.

Diopside (Chrome rich crystals)
stock #15.1-672
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
4.5 1.9 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $280
new year 2021

A cluster of yellow-green Diopside crystals with a brilliant luster and sharp form. From the well-known Orford Nickel Mine, this specimen was in the Warren Johansson collection it is a 1960's vintage piece. This is very well defined for this locality where most of the green or "Chrome" crystals are frozen in matrix or are much smaller and incomplete. The locality was also known for some large Diopside crystals with a tabular habit and a brown color. This habit is completely different, transparent to translucent and not often seen.In good condition, one termination is contacted but the others are sharp and well-defined.

Vesuvianite
stock #AX-32-091
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.4 x 1.3 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390
new year 2021

Bright, apple-green Vesuvianite crystal that is doubly terminated and has glassy lustrous faces. The crystal is complete all around and undamaged, fully translucent with some spots of transparency. There are a few small sidecar crystals that have some spots that are contacted and recrystallized on those edges, this is not seen without magnification. One termination is a deeper more emerald green color than the other. Overall a choice Vesuvianite from the famed Jeffrey Quarry, the only place on earth that ever produced Vesuvianite of this vivid color.

Apatite (Fluorapatite) on Calcite
stock #AX-10-663
Otter Lake, Pontiac County
Quebec, Canada
8.8 x 6.3 x 5 CM (cabinet)
price: $220
new year 2021

Doubly terminated, lustrous Apatite crystals set in a pink Calcite matrix. The Apatites are a mix of green to red-brown colors and have the typical slightly rounded edges noted from the Canadian Skarn deposits in this region. The matrix is sawn on the backside which is not visible on display. The smaller crystals have chipping but the largest (6.5 CM) is pristine. These Apatites are slightly transparent and fully translucent.

Vesuvianite - green tips with pink core
stock #AX-32-094
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.6 x 1.9 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $400
new year 2021

Fine glassy thumbnail with two main crystals that both have green terminations and light pink to violet bodies. The whole piece is translucent and when backlit glows a bright green to yellow with little of the pink showing. This sort of pastel Vesuvianite from Jeffrey is unique in the mineral world. There were several finds of this style there with the elongated blocky habit and pyramidal termination, but those were years ago and there will never be more. Already specimens of average quality are getting expensive and top pieces are nearly priceless. In very good condition, broken only from the base and back edge the terminations are perfect with no damage.

Vesuvianite - bicolor gemmy crystals
stock #AX-30-053
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.7 x 2.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
price: $550
new year 2021

A very colorful and choice thumbnail of fine violet Vesuvianite crystals with zones of yellow to green in a lustrous cluster. The color pallet on this piece is quite special and very uncommon. Although Vesuvianite is a fairly common mineral, the unusual and vivid colors like this were limited to just one place on earth, the Jeffrey Mine, often from just one pocket or seam. This combination is striking in person, the condition is perfect and clean by naked eye, strong magnification shows some minor outer edge contacts that are not in any way degrading. Even for collections with several good Vesuvianites from this prolific locality this is a nice addition as the combination of hues and the overall form is unusual.

Serandite and Polylithonite with Aegirine
stock #19.1-257
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
Quebec, Canada
2.8 x 2.6 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $80
new year 2021

Multi-specie thumbnail from Mont Saint-Hilaire with a small blocky habit Serandite perched on top. The Serandite has a good orange color and is nicely set on a rosette of Polylithonite. This is a late 1960's vintage specimen.