Sérandite - ROM2008_10089_10



Geography: Poudrette Quarry; Mont Saint-Hilaire; Rouville County; Quebec; Canada
Object number: M50566
Credit Line: Funded by Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust and purchased with the assistance of a Movable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.
On view
DescriptionUntil the discovery of serandite crystals at Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, the mineral was known only as small grains and crystals, and poorly formed at best. In 1973, a large pegmatite 'pipe' was exposed in the 'floor' of the quarry at Mont-Saint Hilaire and yielded hundreds of superb serandite crystals. Among them was this enormous twinned crystal, which is arguably the world’s best specimen of the species; certainly, it has an iconic status among collectors. Much of the serandite from Mont-Saint Hilaire has beautiful bright to deep orange to orange-pink colours which are seen in only a few other minerals.
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