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Fresnoite Miniature #104, 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5cm-  $1,250

 An ULTRA-FREESTANDING, 1.0 x 0.9 x 0.3cm fresnoite crystal surrounded by terminated and gemmy, blue-white natrolite!  This crystal became detached from the matrix and had to be repaired with a drop of glue.  A tiny seam can be seen at the base of the close-up picture.  Still a KILLER, UNDAMAGED crystal!  There is also a freestanding, 1.0 x 0.5 x 0.3cm fresnoite crystal behind it.  This is my best miniature of fresnoite with natrolite crystals and it is well-documented in my personal videotape from the 1998 dig!  Pocket Zone #1   
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Fresnoite Thumbnail #105, 2.0 x 1.9 x 0.9cm-  $1,500 

 A HUGE, UNDAMAGED, 1.7 x 1.5 x 0.5cm, bi-colored fresnoite crystal of very good form ON MATRIX!!  The colors are a bit mottled (the pictures are accurate) and there is a bit of corrosion on the upperfront-left of the crystal.  This fresnoite has been reattached to the matrix with a bit of elmer's glue, as it popped off on me during cleaning.  This might have been a blessing in disguise, because without the natrolite matrix the fresnoite shows SUPERB, complete form all the way around!  So maybe the matrix is even optional?  All I know is that this is a sharp and lustrous,
pink and gold fresnoite of unquestionable world-class quality and represents one of the largest crystals I found on or off matrix! 
A Mother-Load Pocket Classic!!    
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Fresnoite Small Cabinet Specimen #106, 9.6 x 6.0 x 4.0cm-  $1,750

A SUPERB small cabinet specimen combo of MIRROR-LUSTROUS white analcime crystals underlying 3 distinct areas of fresnoite.  The best crystal is very obvious and looks like candy.  It is deeply colored, gemmy, sharp and lustrous, and measures 1.0 x 0.6 x 0.3cm.  It does have a tiny tip peel, which takes close scrutiny to find.  Then, there is a large, 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.4cm fresnoite crystal next to it that has nice form, but is a bit fragmented and corroded on one corner.  Last, there is a 15 x 10mm patch showing at least 6, 0.5-2mm full pyramidal fresnoites.  There are also white, blocky natrolite crystals to 2mm and brown sprays of "calcite-after-aragonite" pseudomorphs.  This specimen is HIGHLY FLUORESCENT!  The underlying host rock matrix is the classic Franciscan phyllite.  This is a world-class fresnoite-analcime combo that would look great in a case next
to a superb benitoite!  From Pocket Zone #1   

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Fresnoite Miniature #107, 4.2 x 2.2 x 1.1cm-   *SOLD*  

This specimen has the largest pink-dominant
fresnoite crystal that I've ever found on matrix!
This undamaged, world-class, richly bi-colored fresnoite crystal measures a HUGE 1.5 x 1.4 x 0.6cm!  Originally,
when this piece first came out of the Mother-Load Pocket, the big fresnoite was found very loosely attached to the matrix.  So, I used a tiny bit of glue to stabilize and hold it on tight.  A microscopic seam can be seen along the attachment point of this crystal to the matrix.  This does not affect the display of the piece and is only mentioned for accuracy.  Three other excellent quality fresnoites are seen below this main crystal; two measure 1.0 x 0.6 x 0.3cm each and are attached bases to each other, and one other is a near full pyramidal crystal measuring 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.2cm.  The matrix is crystallized analcime and natrolite.  This HIGHLY FLUORESCENT specimen is an all-time great from the Mother-Load Pocket!    

Fresnoite Small Cabinet Specimen #108, 8.0 x 7.5 x 7.0cm-  $2,500
A wonderful small cabinet combo piece with a 1.1 x 0.8 x 0.3cm undamaged, freestanding fresnoite near the center of a large flat vug face lined with partially etched/frosted analcime crystals showing some lustrous faces.  There is also some natrolite crystals.  There are 6 other undamaged fresnoites on this piece in addition to the big one-  A 9 x 6 x 2mm crystal near the top; a 5 x 4 x 1mm just below it (not counting 2 partials to the left).  There is another grouping at the left of the main crystal, with a 5mm, a 4mm and a 3mm fresnoite crystal residing here (also more partials).  Finally a small, 4 x 3 x 1mm freestanding fresnoite can be seen just below the main one.  This piece is also VERY FLUORESCENT!  So few large, good combo plates came out, making this specimen museum-quality and a real Pocket Zone #1 prize!
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Fresnoite Thumbnail #109, 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.9cm-  $3,000 

During my 3 months of hard digging with a backhoe, I found only 3 fresnoite crystals over 2cm.  Only one of these was on matrix (2.1cm).  This piece was acquired by Dave Wilber shortly after my dig.  The offered 2.2cm crystal is the very largest that I've ever found!  Having a pleasing bi-colored nature, this piece might actually be seen as 2 huge crystals growing in parallel.  There is corrosion on the front pink portion of the piece and there is a small ding on the back crystal's tip.  The crystal is beautifully sharp and generally lustrous, except for the basal detachment.  

This piece is specifically mentioned in my Rock & Gem Magazine article.

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Fresnoite Cabinet Specimen #110, 14 x 12 x 8cm-     

A SUPERB cabinet specimen that presents my finest combination of mineral species!  There are several undamaged fresnoite scattered about in beautiful crystal gardens and vugs which continuously span the entire 14 x 12cm face!  There are terminated (some even doubly-terminated!) natrolite crystals, lustrous analcimes, brown transparent rhombs of calcite, and sprays of acicular pseudomorphs of "calcite after aragonite" in every combination imaginable, all on a beautifully brecciated piece of Franciscan phyllite!  I see at least a half-dozen significant fresnoites, the best being a pair (6 x 6 x 2mm and a 6 x 5 x 2mm) nestled among freestanding, terminated natrolite crystals from 3 to 7mm long.  Then in another area, a UNIQUE association of rare, 1mm brown rhombohedral calcites growing on a beautiful, freestanding 8 x 5 x 2mm fresnoite can be seen.  There are at least 3 other complete fresnoites 5 to 6mm visible elsewhere on the vuggy matrix, in addition to several other partials.  This specimen also FLUORESCES 4 COLORS and is of the rarest size (largest) for quality fresnoite specimens, as I only found 2 over 10cm!  This piece is specifically mentioned in my Rock & Gem Magazine article.
This PZ #1 specimen is from the same pocket as Fresnoite #104

This is an irreplaceable, world-class,
museum-quality cabinet specimen!

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