This specimen features superb quality red chabazite crystals. They are sharp and lustrous, with parallel-growth habit. Particularly aesthetic with the crystal at the top, standing up over the others. This top crystal is complete all-around, with only a slight rear contact – this is rare for Wasson’s Bluff chabazite specimens, as they usually line cavities and are attached to the cavity walls. This is a wonderful specimen of Wasson’s Bluff red chabazite.
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.
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.