A well-crystallized plate of Fairfieldite crystals with fine, well-formed platy habit. In very good condition overall, these are quite large crystals for the specie and the locality. Below these are barrel shaped Apatite crystals with a brown to pink hue. The Apatite is fluorescent. This piece was in the Ruth and Andy Palmer collection and later in William Hladysz collection. The Foote Mine had at one time produced many different rare Phosphates and some of the best Fairfieldites of the USA, these in many habits. The mine was also well-known for diverse and excellent Apatites. The Fairfieldites are unusually large and choice for the Foote Mine..
A fine single crystal of Hiddenite from the area of the original discovery in Alexander County, North Carolina. While green Spodumenes have been found in other regions, true "Hiddenite" only comes from this locale and these do not fade their colors like green Spodumene from elsewhere. It had been surmised that a Chromium content adds the color as it does to the Emeralds that are found in the same area. However testing for both Chrome and Vanadium has not confirmed this. This specimen is from the Dr. Warren Johansson collection which he obtained in 1934. The crystal is fully natural (no irradiation), doubly terminated, gemmy, undamaged with good color and complex etching. These were never common and are now quite rare.
A USA Emerald thumbnail from the Rist Mine in Hiddenite. Good deep green color and typical form make this a a nice example from this region. For all practical purposes this area in and near Hiddenite is the only decent source of Emeralds in the USA. This is an older specimen from the 1960's which was found before some of the greatest discoveries were made. Slightly etched on one side but still quite lustrous, this is doubly terminated and translucent to transparent.
Spodumene var. Hiddenite - classic
Stony Point, Alexander County
2.4 x 1.7 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A superb, intense color USA Hiddenite, from the collection of Warren Johannson which he obtained in trade from Harvard in in 1934. Unlike the typical slender crystals, this is a wide and stout example, a complete floater with the top quality brilliant "Emerald"-green color, weighing 17.7 ct. Complete all around, complexly etched and doubly terminated, this is a killer thumbnail that is hard to fully appreciate in photos. The Alexander County NC Hiddenites are of course the "real" thing, unlike green Spodumene from Pakistan or Brazil these do not fade, are not irradiated and can have this rare unique color unlike any others. Gem clear and lustrous, a true Hiddenite (the town of Hiddenite is about 6 KM from Stony point, the zone where this was first discovered in 1879). Classic specimen from a classic locale of a rare quality.
A complete deep purple colored crystal from Stateside, North Carolina showing complex stepped crystallization and distinctive zoning. Several deep solution pits are also featured in some faces that show excellent layered solution and re-crystallization zones that make for attractive architecture. The large size and deep color are very fine this old locality.