This is a top gmelinite specimen and one of my favourites in this update. It is very three-dimensional for one of these, with nice separaton between the two largest crystals. The crystallized gmelinite itself is quite blocky, with particularly fine triangular growth hillocks. No damage on the piece, and few places around the edges where crystals are incomplete where they had been attached – the largest one sits at the bottom of the piece. An additional feature of this one: on the smaller of the two large crystals, as you can see in the third photo, there is an edge of the original orange chabazite crystal that is free from any gmelinite overgrowth (this is rare from here). A fantastic piece.
About These Gmelinites
Truly great, display-quality specimens of gmelinite are known from very few localities worldwide. These specimens of gmelinite from Pinnacle Rock are exceptional for the mineral – brilliant glassy lustre, sharp, with fantastic, intricate crystallization patterns. The group of specimens in this update represents some of the finest quality gmelinite from Pinnacle Rock.
The mode of occurrence has been described as “gmelinite on chabazite” and also “gmelinite after chabazite”. These specimens are comprised of a crystallized layer of gmelinite over chabazite, so that the overall shape is the rhombohedral chabazite form. Most of these retain a chabazite core to some degree, although often the chabazite can be quite porous, and some specimens are partial epimorphs, where the original chabazite core area has at least partially dissolved away altogether, leaving hollow spaces inside the outer gmelinite crystal layer. Given the overall exterior chabazite form, they are “gmelinite pseudomorphs after chabazite”, however it is important to distinguish that these are not gmelinite as a mere replacement material: the beautiful crystallization of the gmelinite prominently displays morphological habits and growth patterns, and it is these brilliant gmelinite crystal growths and overgrowths that make these specimens special.
These specimens are gmelinite-Na, as analyzed by the RRUFF Project
Situated in the Five Islands, in the Bay of Fundy, this locality is a classic, described in reports in Canada and the U.S. dating back to the 19th century. Specimens from Pinnacle Island (albeit as “Pinnack Island”) are included in Victor Goldschmidt’s famous early 20th century Atlas der Krystallformen. Pinnacle Rock produced spectacular specimens in 2004 and 2006 (the specimens here were among them). Unfortunately, a major area where specimens were found has now collapsed into the Bay of Fundy and has been washed away by the sea.
If you are interested in reading more about the locality, or seeing photographs, have a look at Ronnie Van Dommelen’s great website about The Mineralogy of Nova Scotia
; also see Van Dommelen, R. and Collett, T., “An Introduction to Minerals in Nova Scotia and a Report on Recent Collecting” in Rocks and Minerals
81:1 (Jan/Feb 2006), pp. 54-61.