6.6 x 4.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2021
A big 3.6 CM Zircon crystal is perched on a hard matrix. Most faces are rather lustrous, sharp and the crystal is unusually large. There is contacting on the back and some edges, so this is not a perfect textbook form, but this still presents well and is impressive. There are transparent and translucent areas and has a good UV florescence. The red color in some areas is very well pronounced. From a find over a decade ago.
Several sharp Zircons are well-exposed from the classic MSH matrix. The largest Zircon here is 1.4 CM across which is huge for the locality and these crystals are very well-defined. Most of the larger Zircon we have seen from Mont St. Hilaire tend to be much more crude than this. Vividly Fluorescent and in fine undamaged condition.
A well positioned Zircon crystal dominates this thumbnail specimen from Bancroft, Canada. The Zircon from this locality are variety Cyrtolite and this specimen has a very well-formed red- brown crystal that is perfectly exposed (and not glued on) and is doubly terminated. Ex Hitchings collection obtained in 1969. Slightly translucent the crystal is not damaged but on the backside is some contacting not seen from any display angle.
A choice Sri-Lankan specimen. Crystals of elongated Zircons that are reddish purple in color are up to 2.6 CM on a complex matrix. The specimen includes Sphene crystals to 3.5 CM. Despite some small broken crystals and contacting the piece still presents very well. The luster is a slightly "melted" look but still glassy and bright. Ex collection of Chris Amo, this is a very well formed example of the elongated habit of these Zircons.
Zircon- classic Colorado find
North Cheyenne Canyon, El Paso County
3.4 x 2.6 x 2 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A very sharp group of Zircon crystals with a great history. Collected in Cheyenne Canyon in 1945 by the late Warren Johansson in the last weeks before he was drafted. While awaiting his call up, Warren went on a series of legendary bucket list mineral hunting trips. He had been clued in by Clarence Coil that, long ago, some Zircons had been found in that area but the locale was lost. Warren located this spot and dug several nice pieces, some of the best ever found. This specimen was one of Warrens favorites and was pictured for his memoir. Warren passed in 2015
still active collecting in his 90s. This specimen is a fine Colorado classic from a great field collector.
Zircon (Hydrous)- var Malacon
Ambatofotsy Pegmatite, Soavinandriana, Itasy Region
3.7 x 3.6 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A rare altered, hydrous variety of Zircon called Malacon, here in distinct crystals. The curved faces and the pearly luster are distinctive from the find a few years ago in Madagascar. No damage and viewable from all sides, a nice example.