Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
.9 x .8 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A super sharp, perfect gemmy zoned Carletonite crystal from the only locality where these were ever found, Mont St Hillaire. Glassy luster and some complex growth structures on a few faces add interest. A rare yet sometimes beautiful mineral, Carletonite has not been found for many years, it seems the one small zone that produced these was unique and there will likely never be more. Very few Carletonites were this clear, sharp and undamaged, most of the larger crystals were far more crude or had considerable damage. This small crystal is 1.2 CM diagonal, looks great on all sides and is a killer for the speci
Carletonite is one of the most desired of Canadian minerals and it is incredibly rare, it ONLY occurs at Mt St. Hilaire which is also the type locality. This is an even more rare cabinet specimen with great esthetics. None has been found for years, and the original find was mostly thumbnail sized crystals or larger cleavage pieces. There were never many cabinet sized specimens and these are now only very rarely for sale. This has crystals to 3 CM (huge for the specie) with rich color and some distinct zoning. The condition is quite good with the typically crude cubes nicely contrasting with the matrix. For any good collection this is a very eye-catching specimen of a significant, rare mineral.