The collection brings together some of the rarest gems from North America.
Eudyalite crystals are very rare, even more in faceted gems because crystals are very small and usually very included. This one is very clear for the specie and comes from Mont Saint-Hilaire, Canada. The name of the gem signifies that it can easily be diluted into acid.
Boleite is a very rare cubic cristal and extremely rare as faceted gem, especially translucent. It contains silver, lead and copper. It comes from Baja California, Boleo, Mexico.
Rough: © wiki
The rarest of Beryl is the red variety also named Bixbite. It is one of the rarest gems in the world, and the mine in the Wah Wah mountain (Utah), it’s unique source, is now closed.
As emeralds the Bixbite quite included, and most of time enhanced with oil treatment.
Extremely rare Charlesite from the Franklin Mine, New Jersey USA, one of the two source in the world. The color and clarity are exceptionnal for the specie!
Rough: © crystalclassics
Benitoite is a very famous rare gem. If some specimens were found in other locations, gem grade stones were only found in the Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito, California. The mine is now closed. This gem is a bit dark but clarity is ok.
Tugtupite is a rare mineral from Groenland, Tasseq Slope, Kitaa province. Gem specimens are extremely rare and usually very small and very included. Tugtupit also present a very interesting tenebrescence (color intensity change wit light exposure) and a very strong uv reaction.
Rough: © mineralienatlas.de
Rhodocrosite is mostly opaque. Faceted specimen are extremely rare because the stone has a perfect cleavage and is one of the most difficult to cut.
This specimen is even more unique as it comes from one of the best source the famous Sweet Home Mine, Alma Colorado, now closed, and present the best color and exceptional « flawless » clarity, brilliance is amazing for the specie. View of « finderprint » and « two-phase » inclusions .
This small Chrome Pyrope comes is an Anthill garnet. It comes from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, and is not mined. Small ants digg the ground to create their homes and that’s how some garnets can be gathered time to time around the anthills! Most of these stones are under one carat, to this is a very good size for this uniquer and rare gem.