Three Green Spodumene Crystals, var. Hiddenite
Lot 1361¤
Three Green Spodumene Crystals, var. Hiddenite
Sold for US$ 125 inc. premium
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Three Green Spodumene Crystals, var. Hiddenite
North Carolina
Hiddenite is a pale-to-emerald green variety of spodumene that is sometimes used as a gemstone. The first specimens of the hiddenite variety of spodumene were recovered about 1879 near the tiny settlement of White Plains, west of Stony Point, Alexander County, North Carolina. According to contemporary accounts, a young man named Lackey brought them to the attention of J.A.D. Stephenson, a local merchant who was also an ardent collector of minerals. Initially, the yellowish to greenish-yellow hiddenites were thought to be gemmy diopside. Stephenson brought the discovery to the attention of exploration geologist William Earl Hidden, who had been commissioned by Thomas Edison to search for any sources of platinum in North Carolina (an effort that was, in and of itself, stunningly unsuccessful). Hidden sent samples of the odd green material to J. Lawrence Smith, a prominent chemist and mineralogist of Louisville, Kentucky. Smith correctly identified the specimens as being a variety of spodumene, and named them "hiddenite" in honor of Hidden. The community in which the gemstones were first found would later be renamed "Hiddenite." During the hey-day of hiddenite mining in the 1880s and 1890s it was also known as "lithia emerald". Hidden recognized the value of the emeralds and the potential of the new gemmy green spodumene. The present lot consists of three doubly-terminated hiddenite crystals
Total weight approximately 2.6 carats. Length of largest: 18.5mm (3)

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