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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 01.04.2020 | Filed under: Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added beautiful specimens of golden stilbite and glassy analcime from a recent collecting project in this new Five Islands Update (click here). These specimens are from a pocket that was in an area of the cliff face often regarded as precarious (fortunately it was safe enough to save these pieces!).

Occasionally over the years, good finds have been made at Five Islands. These have included natrolite, analcime and stilbite, as well as the famous gmelinite-after-chabazite from Pinnacle Island. The specimens from this stilbite-analcime find are gorgeous and distinctive, combining the two minerals.

The stilbite crystal groups can vary in hue from one specimen to the next, and it should be noted that the stilbite hues also vary under different sources of lighting – they are richest under halogen lights, less so under cool LED. As with all specimens on the website, the photographs are colour-balanced to daylight.

Stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite with analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 7.3 cm

Stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite with Analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 6.3 cm

Stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite with analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 5.6 cm

Stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

 Stilbite with analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3.0 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 6.5 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 5.1 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3.6 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada 4.6 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 6.9 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, CanadaStilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 5.1 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 7.2 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 4.3 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime and stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 5.6 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada Stilbite and analcime with gmelinite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 4.1 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Field of view 2.7 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3.1 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3 cm wide

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Field of view 2.5 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Field of view 2.5 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 4.4 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Field of view 4 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3.7 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2.8 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2.5 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Analcime on stilbite, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 3.4 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2.8 cm

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stilbite and analcime, Five Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2.6 cm

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.07.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates | Comments (0)

 

I’ve added some great specimens in this Mont Saint-Hilaire Update (click here). One of the world’s great mineral localities, with over 400 species, the quarry has been closed to collecting since 2007 (with isolated exceptions that have not produced specimens in any quantity). The specimens in this update are from finds dated from 1988 to 2007.

One of the most remarkable aspects of collecting at Mont Saint-Hilaire is that no two occurrences are the same – the mineralized zones and pockets are each different, with varied mineral assemblages and crystal habits. This selection of specimens represents several different finds, each of which was unique.

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.4 cm

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime pseudomorph after analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.7 cm

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Manganoneptunite on catapleiite pseudomorph after sodalite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Field of view 1.0 cm

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite (twinned), Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime on microcline, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.6 cm

Serandite with epidiymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Serandite with epididymite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 7.3 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite, pink albite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.4 cm

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with pink albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Sodalite, var. hackmanite with albite coating, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.5 cm

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Narsarsukite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 1.2 cm crystal

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Leucophanite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 2.4 cm

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Analcime, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.6 cm

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rhodochrosite pseudomorph after serandite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 6.3 cm

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz with albite and gaidonnayite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.2 cm

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Quartz, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 3.2 cm

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Elpidite, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada – 4.5 cm