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Chabazite

Chabazite

Specimen # 102415
Mineral: Chabazite
Location: Wasson's Bluff, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 4.5 x 3.8 x 3.0 cm
Price: $35.00 CAD

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Detailed Description

A nice combination of colourful chabazite crystals on a background of sparkling heulandite crystals, The crystals of both minerals are sharp and lustrous. In good condition overall - the main crystals to the left of centre and above-right of centre are in excellent condition and the others are not complete. Stands perfectly as photographed - a pretty specimen.

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About These Red Chabazites From Wasson's Bluff

In one relatively small zone at Wasson's Bluff, the chabazite crystals are a particular dark red hue - more intense and lighter than a brown, and most are a bit deeper and darker than a brick red or deep orange. This zone has produced sporadically over history. Most often, days of very hard work in this area yield absolutely nothing, but a few isolated finds in recent years have produced a small number of excellent pieces - these specimens are from those finds. There have been no finds from this zone since 2017.

In historic times, these particular deep-coloured chabazites from Wasson's Bluff were known as "acadialite", named for Acadia (which is the English for L'Acadie, the colonial-era name for this part of Canada). The name "acadialite" is sometimes still seen on older collection labels, sometimes as a species name and sometimes as a varietal name. Under current nomenclature, these specimens are known as chabazite, with "acadialite" now considered a historical synonym. 

Detailed Description

A nice combination of colourful chabazite crystals on a background of sparkling heulandite crystals, The crystals of both minerals are sharp and lustrous. In good condition overall - the main crystals to the left of centre and above-right of centre are in excellent condition and the others are not complete. Stands perfectly as photographed - a pretty specimen.

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About the Minerals and Localities of the Bay of Fundy (click here)


About These Red Chabazites From Wasson's Bluff

In one relatively small zone at Wasson's Bluff, the chabazite crystals are a particular dark red hue - more intense and lighter than a brown, and most are a bit deeper and darker than a brick red or deep orange. This zone has produced sporadically over history. Most often, days of very hard work in this area yield absolutely nothing, but a few isolated finds in recent years have produced a small number of excellent pieces - these specimens are from those finds. There have been no finds from this zone since 2017.

In historic times, these particular deep-coloured chabazites from Wasson's Bluff were known as "acadialite", named for Acadia (which is the English for L'Acadie, the colonial-era name for this part of Canada). The name "acadialite" is sometimes still seen on older collection labels, sometimes as a species name and sometimes as a varietal name. Under current nomenclature, these specimens are known as chabazite, with "acadialite" now considered a historical synonym.