Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 05.03.2023 | Filed under:


Specimen # 201198
Mineral: Hydroxyapophyllite-(K)
Location: Fairfax Quarry, Centreville, Fairfax Co., Virginia, USA
Size: 7.9 x 5.8 x 3.5 cm


Detailed Description

This hydroxyapophyllite-(K) from the famous Fairfax Quarry features two groups of sharp, lustrous tabular crystals. This style of crystal grouping is iconic from the two big finds at this locality, in 1953 and 1967. This specimen was originally in the collection of Dr. Warren Johansson (his label is with the piece), with a date of 1960, so it is from the original pipe find in 1953. It was then acquired by Crystal Classics, from whom it was acquired by John S. White for the the Virginia suite of his collection (catalogue no. 26-9-6). In excellent condition overall, some peripheral contacts, and a couple of chip low on the piece as photographed. The specimen has been very cleanly repaired in one place near the top (as photographed) and this is not seen from the main display angle at all – you have to look closely at the sides or back to see it. A great Fairfax apophyllite!

About John S. White


About Fairfax Apophyllites

An American classic, Fairfax hydroxyapophyllite specimens are now highly sought-after. Apophyllites from Fairfax are the best from anywhere in the US, and they are among the finest hydroxyapophyllite-(K) crystals known from anywhere in the world. The two famous pipe-shaped pockets were found in 1953 and 1967.