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SOLD Grossular on Diopside
stock #SOLD 21.1-056
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
4 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
price: $0
Late Summer 2021

An unusual and cute Canadian Garnet specimen from the Orford Mine. A 1.7 CM honey-brown Grossular is resting on and included by crystals of Diopside. The Orford Mine is well-known as the source of Chrome green Grossular and Diopside specimens. The usual Grossular from here are micros rarely reaching up to 3mm in size, typically forming a sparkling druse. Larger crystals like this are very rare, I do not know of another this large and complete.

Diopside
stock #15.1-674
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
4.3 x 1.3 x .9 CM (miniature)
price: $190
new year 2021

A terminated glassy crystal of Diopside with nice green color on the top. Transparent to translucent, this was in the Warren Johannson collection, a very nice example of a "Nickel" Diopside. There were some large and well-known pale brown crystals found at one time in this locality but very few such complete green crystals. A Canadian classic.

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.

Diopside -single crystal
stock #AX-16-548
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
5 x 1.6 x .8 CM (miniature)
price: $230


Exceptional, perfect, partly gemmy and with glassy luster this is a great Orford Diopside. There were larger crystals found years ago but few were so well defined. This has the desirable honey yellow color and looks better in person. A modern classic with top quality, perfectly undamaged and looks fine from every angle.

Diopside- Chromian green with Grossular
stock #18.1-741
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
5.9 x 4.4 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $375
Spring 2019

The so called Chromian Diopsides from the famed Orford Nickel mine are quite prized. We are told that the color may be due to Nickel and not Chrome but either way these are very attractive and uncommon. This one has unusually fine apple green hue. The largest crystal is 1.7 CM and all are gemmy with very glassy luster. Normally the larger crystals are opaque, and a yellowish to grey color. Such bright green clear crystals are usually only microscopic. Tiny deep green Grossular are also present as are Calcite crystals. The tiny crystals add a lot of sparkle in person.

Diopside -large fine single crystal
stock #8.AE-077A
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
7.1 x 2 x 1 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
Spring update

A very big blocky Diopside crystal that is a perfectly formed, has a good color and some translucence. Ex Steve Chamberlain, A. Edwards, and Canning collections, this is remarkably perfect, undamaged and about as clean as can be. Several faces show complex growth patters and have a nice silky luster. Choice for the specie and excellent for the locale.

Diopside with Grossular, intense green
stock #15.1-459
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
6 x 5.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $780
Pre Holiday 2017

Bright green Diopside with emerald green micro Grossular in an esthetic cluster from the famed Orford Mines. The Orford Nickle mines produced some excellent Diopside crystals but mostly grey or pale green in color. These very bright green crystals were often called "Chromian" for the color, but now are considered to be colored by Nickle instead. No matter the source these are an especially rich green and this specimen has many well formed, sharp and esthetic prisms to 1.5 CM tall. Very attractive and quite rare.