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.
Fine transparent crystals of olive green Epidote clustered in a pocket on a Rodingite matrix. Ex Glenn Petrie and Brizzi Giancarlo, (labels included), this specimen is dated March 1982. Most crystals are sharply terminated but some are incomplete due to being contacted. The luster is bright and glassy as is expected on any good alpine Epidote.
7.1 x 5.4 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Lustrous crystals of Epidote fill an open cavity on a matrix that also hold masses of Byssolite. A big stack of old labels come with this piece. It was last in the John Marshall collection but dates back through many other owners perhaps also including the famed Lechner collection (Austria), certainly over a century old, the quality is excellent. The original labels and documents all give just Salzburg as the locale, but this certainly looks a perfect match for Kappenwand, but that is not confirmed. Regardless the exact spot this came from the piece displays well, is better in person. With good lighting the dark green to yellow color is more evident.
Calumet Mine, Turret District, Chaffee County
6.8 x 5.2 3.3 CM (cabinet)
A plate of Epidote that shows two different colors and has a few bi-color crystals. In very good condition the crystals reach up to 1.5 CM though most are smaller. Most crystals have gemmy faces, are transparent and have a yellow to dark green color range. From the old Calumet Iron mine in Chaffee County Colorado, this is above average for size and quality of the crystals on matrix. Many of the crystals are well striated with very sharp and distinct forms.
Epidote with Albite
Amis Gorge, Brandburg Complex, Daures
6.8 x 4.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Sharp dark green free standing Epidote mixed with contrasting Feldspar (Albite) crystals. From a small find made almost 20 years ago, this is far above average and displays well from any angle. The condition of the crystals is very fine. Unlike any other Epidotes from Namibia and even quite unlike most any location anyplace else.