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We find all our own crystals,
many coming from locations that only we know. Our
crystals are carefully cleaned and trimmed to maximize their aesthetic
appeal. We have everything from
"thumbnails" to large show pieces for museum display.
Museums worldwide - from Idar Oberstein in Germany to Wrangell, Alaska
to Tokyo, Japan - have crystals acquired from us.
We have assembled and curated the mineral displays of several Alaskan
The crystals we sell were collected primarily in the 1980s.
Most of our medium quality were sold by the lot shortly after their
finding. What is available now are higher quality
items trimmed from our personal collection.
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We have three locations for fluorite crystals. Found in small seams, none
of the locations are prolific. All are beach locations that can
only be worked at low tide. (Much of the rest of
Southeast Alaska is covered by either glaciers or dense rainforest,
where nothing can
be found.) The crystals from Kuiu
Island are cubic in structure. They can be clear, green, or
purple. A few have a distinct purple-green color zoning. The fluorite
crystals from Prince of Wales Island are cubic and are clear to light green.
Some have a druzy quartz coating. The fluorite from Zarembo
Island, now very rare, is octahedral. It is clear to green.
Some fluoresce blue.
QUARTZ STALACTITES WITH BARRERITE
Barrerite is a very rare zeolite mineral.
Until the Kuiu Island, Alaska find, it had been reported only from Sardinia,
an island off the coast of Italy. In crystal
structure, barrerite looks like stilbite, a much more common zeolite
mineral. Barrerite is a sodium zeolite, whereas stilbite is a
calcium zeolite. The barrerite from Sardinia is seldom
larger than micro in size. Up to several inches in length, the barrerite crystals from
Kuiu are by far the biggest and best of their kind in the world.
They are usually attached to druzy quartz structures, often
stalactitic, that can be very aesthetic. One quartz
"finger" in our collection measures nine inches long. Beautiful display pieces,
they are "natural sculpture" in themselves. Our Kuiu Island
specimens combine extreme rarity - the barrerite - and great
beauty - the sparkly quartz formations. Other zeolites from
this locality include: heulandite,
epistilbite, chabazite, analcime, natrolite, laumontite,
Stone Arts of Alaska has a limited number of other
crystallized mineral species for sale: calcite (of various
habits and locations), pyrite (cubic from Hotspur Island), almandine garnet
from Wrangell and Mitkof Island), andradite garnet (Kasaan
Peninsula of Prince of Wales), magnetite (Prince of Wales), epidote (Kasaan
Peninsula of Prince of Wales),
magnetite Prince of Wales), barite Kuiu Island), "tessin" habit quartz
also have some excellent samples of non-crystallized Alaskan minerals:
bornite, covallite, chalcopyrite, malachite, chrysocolla, cuprite, molybdenite,
pyrite, obsidian, barite, rhodonite, chalcedony, piemontite,
see our Alaskan crystal collection
on display in Bellingham, Wa.