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VC1-PYRGlaucocerinite

Hilarion Mine, Hilarion area, Kamariza Mines, Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine], Lavrion District Mines, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece

*Glaucocerinite* means blue and wax-like in Greek. This excellent sample from the type locality measures 4.5 cm across. It is in excellent shape and has stunning color. Very rare! Ex. Wil Talbot, ex Jeff Fast.

Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 14th Dec 2012
Copyright: © Jeff Fast, www.MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 293676     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 1728   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 810 x 540 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

KEQ-HADMuscovite (Var: Schernikite)

Gillette Quarry, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 3.4 cm x 3.1 cm x 2.4 cm

A peculiar variety of muscovite known only from the Gillette Quarry in Haddam Neck, Connecticut is known as schernikite. The crystals have a kind of ribbed columnar rim of tan mica with a lilac core. This 3.4 x 3.1 x 2.4 cm specimen is actually two such crystals...one is oriented vertically and the other at right angles. One of the nicest specimens of schernikite I have ever seen.
Copyright: © www.MineralMovies.com (Jeffrey Fast)      Photo ID: 248560     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 1034   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 810 x 540 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

CFQ-364Grossular, Diopside

Belvidere Mountain Quarries, Lowell & Eden, Orleans & Lamoille Cos., Vermont, USA

I met Bob Whitmore during one of my first trips to Eden Mills. He was leading a group of collectors attacking a promising vein in the quarry floor. Bob's crew had dug a pit the size of a bathrub that kept filling with water. No problem, they had a pump...which suddenly gave out. The "bathtub" filled with water very quickly. I jumped in with a 5 gallon bucket and began bailing it out. In the middle of all this activity, a rather elderly lady showed up with an INCREDIBLE green Christamas tree of diopside with three small red garnets attached to the front and one large garnet dead center on the back. Better than my dreams! In response to a flurry of questions from all sides, she said that the quarry workers used to dump large buckets full of good looking pocket material to one side for collectors. She had found that piece in the old pile! As I remember it, our entire group strung up the old lady and forced her to tell us where the pile was...or maybe she just volunteered the information. At any rate, the mad scramble was on. I found this piece in the pile that same day. It is 6 cm tall and the large garnet is 6 mm across.
Copyright: © MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 246149     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 328   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 756 x 540 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

5L5-QFDElbaite, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz), Cookeite

Gillette Quarry, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

In the 1990's, I was fortunate enough to get permission to collect in the Gillette Quarry four or five times. One afternoon, I opened a small pocket (by the way, there is nothing in rock collecting more thrilling than opening a pocket in a gem producing pegmatite!). The pocket started out as a small tube and opened into a hand sized bowl. The sides of the bowl were lined with smoky quartz crystals. The bottom of the bowl was littered with small elbaites. Most of the elbaites were broken and very few had terminations...I have never figured out where those terminations went! Unfortunately, I had no way to collect the whole pocket. I did my best to break plates of quartz crystals off the sides of the pocket, but all I got were loose quartz point. This is the best piece. Not all that great but I can still picture the way the pocket looked when I first opened it...
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221725     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 485   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 540 x 540 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

MA8-ANMFluorite, Chalcopyrite

Naica Mine, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

Dimensions: 6 cm x 6 cm x 4.5 cm

This 6 x 6 x 4.5 cm octahedral green fluorite is preferentially coated with a druse of chalcopyrites on two faces and an overgrowth of clear cube-octahedral clear fluorites on the other two faces. Very unusual!
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221321     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 338   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 675 x 540 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

WY6-NDEClinozoisite

Alchuri Alpine Cleft locality, Alchuri, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Dimensions: 2.2 cm x 2.2 cm x 1 cm

An exceptionally gemmy clinozoisite crystal which is twinned, terminated, and even has a partial termination on the bottom. 2.2 x 2.2 x 1 cm and nicely dichroic (shows two different colors).
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221319     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 352   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 540 x 540 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

6L5-13RScolecite, Apophyllite

Nashik quarry, Nashik District, Maharashtra, India

A 2.2 cm tall jewel of a thumbnail! Apophyllite cubes hanging onto a slender, terminated, scolecite crystal for dear life!
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221318     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 642   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 405 x 540 pixels (0.2 Mpix)

1J0-27NBournonite

Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

Dimensions: 3.2 cm x 2.5 cm x 1.8 cm

THis 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm bournonite has everything going for it most Chinese bournonites don't: great luster, no damage, double terminated and a very unusual tabular crystal shape.
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221315     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 374   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 675 x 540 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

A5X-DXFFerberite

Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China

A lovely association of brassy yello pyrite on lustrous black ferberite, without damage and 4 cm tall.
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 221314     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 387   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 540 x 540 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

DUG-8DPBeryl (Var: Aquamarine)

Long Hill prospects, Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, USA

I wish I could say this specimen was 5 cm tall, but alas it is only 1 cm by .8 cm. When I opened the pocket hiding this little treasure, I saw it roll down along the pegmatite past my knees behind me. I got up and rescued it from a life of obscurity lost in the leaves and dump rock behind me. I love the complex termination and the small phantom up the center of the crystal. A real gem! I made another 30 or so trips to this pegmatite trying to find its big brother...
Copyright: © Jeffrey Fast, MineralMovies.com      Photo ID: 220746     Uploaded by: Jeffrey Fast   View Count: 1000   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 432 x 540 pixels (0.2 Mpix)
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