DescriptionEXCEPTIONAL AND LARGE "3RD FIND" WOLLASTONITE
Franklin Mine, Sussex Co, New Jersey
Unlike the numerous and large finds of fluorescent Wollastonite at Sterling Hill, New Jersey, Wollastonite from the Franklin Mine is far rarer, but does appear in more esthetic and interesting associations. The fluorescent Wollastonites from Franklin itself have emerged only via miners' lunch boxes, since none of this material ended up on the mine dumps. They are labeled by "find numbers", which generally correspond to the chronological order in which they came out of the mine. There have been four finds numbered, and one that is called "original find", because it was determined to be Wollastonite rather than Pectolite, as originally believed, only after the first four finds had already been numbered. The rarity factor is generally the order in which the specimens emerged from the Franklin mine, with original find and the first two numbered finds being so rare that they are usually privately traded and seldom appear on the open market. This Franklin 3rd find Wollastonite measures 5½ x 5 x 3¾ inches (14 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm) and has two displayable faces, ironically each acting as the other's base for the most aesthetic display angles. The smaller, rhomboid face actually shows the largest yellow-orange fluorescent laths of Wollastonite, in a more compact area of red-orange fluorescent Calcite, both showing best under shortwave ultraviolet rays. They are both brilliant and interspersed with medium-bright grayish cream fluorescent grains of Barite. The larger, semi-circular display face has smaller laths of Wollastonite, but is similar in response and somewhat brighter, and both faces are speckled with small non-fluorescent Franklinite grains. Whichever way you look at it, it's a rare and beautiful, classic Franklin fluorescent specimen.
Provenance: ex. Hugh Ronemus Collection
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