Kipawa Alkaline Complex, Les Lacs-du-Témiscamingue, Témiscamingue RCM, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, Canada
3.5 X 2.1 X 2.1cm
Reddish to pinkish brown crystal of Zircon from this well-known locality. This is a complete floater, with better luster than I have seen on most of these. The associated black mineral (mostly concentrated on the "back" as shown in the lower-left photograph) has not been analyzed, and is most likely an Amphibole.
Denver Worldwide Gallery
Beryl var. Aquamarine with Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.8 X 3.6 X 3.3cm
A 4.0cm-long, pale blue Aquamarine forms a glassy and gemmy focus for this piece, and is accented by smaller Aquamarine crystals. including a cluster of small crystals with preferred orientations (at the bottom in the photo on the left). Silvery Muscovite blades frame the Aquamarines. There is no damage to note; the main crystal is terminated, but inter grown with Muscovite, especially toward the back (shown in the photo on the upper right), and the color is better than the photographs indicate.
Tourmaline var. Elbaite with Albite
Laghman Province, Afghanistan 1.8 X 1.9 X 1.3cm
Incomplete lavender to pale blue crystal fragment with minor Albite.
Garnet with Muscovite
Laghman Province, Afghanistan
6.0 X 4.8 X 2.3cm
Pinkish orange (or orangish pink, depending on lighting) Garnets to 1.2cm dance across the face of a silvery Muscovite matrix. The Garnet color tends to be more pink than the photos show, and they have decent to strong luster. The soft Muscovite made it easy to abrade using a water gun, really allowing the Garnets to stand out.
Tourmaline var. Elbaite with Albite
Stak Nala, Harkmosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
2.2 X 2.0 X 1.5cm
Classic presentation from Stak Nala featuring a single polychromatic Elbaite with a jacket of white Albite. The Elbaite is perfectly terminated and features a pink cap followed by a generally colorless band before a very thin blue zone that transitions into the typical light to dark green down the barrel. The entire crystal is translucent with strong backlighting.
Sérandite with Aegerine
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Valléy-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
3.0 X 2.6 X 2.4cm
Well crystallized example of this signature species from Mont St-Hilaire, featuring lustrous, reddish pink crystals of Sérandite with contrasting black Aegerine. The main Aegerine is incomplete, and there are normal contacts on the edges, but the main Sérandite crystal is in undamaged condition, doubly terminated, and 1.6cm on its longest face.
Beryl var. Morganite with Tourmaline var. Elbaite and Muscovite
Conselheiro Pena Pegmatite District, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
1.8 X 1.7 X 1.2cm
A complete, saturated pink Morganite crystal with glassy luster and some gemmy areas, and bits of attached Muscovite and medium green Elbaite. The back of the Morganite (photo on upper right) has minor internal fracturing that gives it a lighter-colored appearance, and the bits of attached Elbaite and Muscovite indicate the Morganite was originally grew in a "nest" of Tourmaline and Mica. There is no damage to the Morganite, but areas of contacting where it was intergrown with Elbaite and/or Muscovite are obvious in the photos.
10 Specimens added October 4, 2016
Garnet var. Andradite with Epidote
Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
4.7 X 4.0 X 2.5cm
Lustrous nearly black Andradite crystals to 0.9cm are scattered amongst a matrix of glassy green Epidote crystals. The Andradites are locally reddish-, brownish-, or greenish-black in color, and Epidotes are gemmy. No damage except along the trim edge; back is sculpted with a saw.
Boulangerite with Quartz
Germany (more detail when I find the card!) 5.4 X 3.8 X 2.8cm
Richly covered by silvery, aerial needles of Boulangerite to 1.5cm, white quartz and a creamy carbonate (?) mineral provide great contrast.
Apatite with Muscovite on Albite
Dapos, Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.0 X 4.8 X 3.6cm
I have only seen a few pieces of this style in the past, but this is the best one for composition and aesthetics, and the Apatite is much more deeply colored than usual. The Apatite actually comprises several lustrous, undamaged crystals that have grown into one another. They have better color than captured in the photographs, and the snow-white Albite provides excellent contrast. No damage.