A perfect 360 degree specimen of Carlsbad twinned Orthoclase crystal replaced by greenish Epidote. It seems these pseudomorphs are unique in the world, this being the only discovery and locality on the planet. From this recent find in Otero County, New Mexico, this is a textbook clear twinned crystal form and a fine pseudomorph as well. This discovery or possible rediscovery by Erin Deventhal and Phillip Simmonds in late 2020 produced quite a good selection of specimens in all grades. This was selected from the lot as an especially sharp, distinct example with nice color. It is great and satisfying to see new discoveries being made that produce fine specimens.
A fine classic and very old specimen, ex Lechner collection (Austria) to Schortmann’s Minerals, Al Sebella, Larry Conklin and John Marshall. The Lechner number dates this to before the first world war, Moravia was a "crown land" under Bohemia until 1918. Early localities and specimens from there had German names (this piece does) later replaced by Czech place names. This has large lustrous terminated Epidotes on a mass of Prehnite crystals. The longest Epidote is 5.3 CM. This is in very good condition overall, the only damage is noted on the bottom of the specimen where it had been attached.
This is an exceptionally fine specimen from this region, and it is certainly quite old. The Moritz Lechner collection was begun in the later 1800s and absorbed many much older collections, mostly classic European minerals. His son inherited the collection much of which was eventually sold to the Schortmann’s and be came at that time the most important source of European minerals in the USA. The address on the Schortmann label gives this a date of about 1936. The specimen retains the original Lechner number but not the label. In the prewar depression years the price of 10.00 was a huge sum of money, this was considered a superb specimen. It is still a significant piece and to my eye equal or superior to any from this area we have seen in European museums.
Dark green and quite lustrous, a single doubly terminated crystal of Epidote from Zimbabwe. Complete and with a sparkling druse of Quartz crystals, this is a nice Epidote from anyplace and incredibly good for this locale. An older specimen this is the best example we know of from Zimbabwe. The backside has some bruises on an edge but the front and sides are undamaged and attractive. A small amount of translucence is seen on a few edges but overall this is mostly opaque. From the Karoi which is known for Euclase and other species but Epidote is not noted in modern literature. Ex Immer Cook collection obtained from Schortmanns Minerals in the early 1960s. They offered a selection of Karoi Epidotes back then but their source was never known.
6.3 x 4.8 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2022
A fine historic specimen of lustrous deep green crystals of Epidote from the Tyrol. This piece was in the noted collection of Alfred Sterns which was sold at auction to the famed US collector Wallace Gould Levison in 1895. This became Levison's specimen number 1604. Both collectors had affixed their handwritten labels to the piece which still exist. The Sterns label seems to date to pre 1860 era but we have no concrete proof of the actual vintage.
The specimen itself is in very good condition as seen, it has clusters of Jackstraw crystals almost 3 cm tall standing above a thin matrix. We do not have a specific locality from Tyrol for the piece since at that time over 130 years ago that level of detail was almost never noted. We will include a photocopy of the relevant page of Levison's handwritten collection ledger as well. This is both a choice quality specimen and a remarkable vintage piece with fine provenance.
Epidote - Northeastern USA classic
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
5.1 x 1 x .9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
New Year 22
A single sharp and glassy Epidote crystal with perfect termination from the famed VAG Mine, (aka Belvidere Mt./ "Eden Mills" Vermont), find made over 35 years ago. This zone produced several very fine crystals including the largest complete Epidotes ever found in the USA (and perhaps the world). This specimen is much smaller than the giants but has no repairs (the big ones were broken). Almost never available except in older collections, this is in perfect condition, partly transparent with well-defined striations.
A small but perfect and well-perched flower-like cluster of dark green Epidote rests on a plate of included Quartz. The Quartz crystals have distinct phantoms and zoned inclusions of reddish Hematite which contrasts well with the Epidote. A specimen from the Hongquizhen Quarry found about 15 years ago; we do not see this material now from China, this is in very good condition, and quite lustrous in person.
4.6 x 3.5 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
A pair of fine, sharp and lustrous crystals of Epidote from Capelinha in Brazil. Most of the Epidote we see from Brazil is a more fibrous habit, this prismatic specimen is the best formed I have ever seen. Textbook perfect crystals with well-defined terminations and on the backside a few clusters of small Quartz crystals. Overall in excellent condition as seen, the faces are either well-striated or perfectly flat, mirror-like and brilliantly lustrous. The sharpness and quality of this could easily be confused with a fine Alaskan Epidote.
Epidote - stacked crystal group
San Quintin, Municipio de Ensenada
3.3 x 2.5 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
A row of sharply terminated Epidote crystals are aligned in an epitaxial arrangement. From an old find at San Quintin in the Baja California region of Mexico, this comes from the remarkable Ernie Schlichter collection. Crystal faces alternate from highly lustrous and glassy to a more matte and frosted look. In very good condition damage-wise, just a few clean contacts and very tiny edge wear. Overall the form is a textbook fine arrangement and has a distinctive architecture. Nice example for the locality and a fine toenail of Epidote from any place.