A fine single crystal of Hiddenite from the area of the original discovery in Alexander County, North Carolina. While green Spodumenes have been found in other regions, true "Hiddenite" only comes from this locale and these do not fade their colors like green Spodumene from elsewhere. It had been surmised that a Chromium content adds the color as it does to the Emeralds that are found in the same area. However testing for both Chrome and Vanadium has not confirmed this. This specimen is from the Dr. Warren Johansson collection which he obtained in 1934. The crystal is fully natural (no irradiation), doubly terminated, gemmy, undamaged with good color and complex etching. These were never common and are now quite rare.
Spodumene var. Hiddenite - classic
Stony Point, Alexander County
2.4 x 1.7 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A superb, intense color USA Hiddenite, from the collection of Warren Johannson which he obtained in trade from Harvard in in 1934. Unlike the typical slender crystals, this is a wide and stout example, a complete floater with the top quality brilliant "Emerald"-green color, weighing 17.7 ct. Complete all around, complexly etched and doubly terminated, this is a killer thumbnail that is hard to fully appreciate in photos. The Alexander County NC Hiddenites are of course the "real" thing, unlike green Spodumene from Pakistan or Brazil these do not fade, are not irradiated and can have this rare unique color unlike any others. Gem clear and lustrous, a true Hiddenite (the town of Hiddenite is about 6 KM from Stony point, the zone where this was first discovered in 1879). Classic specimen from a classic locale of a rare quality.