Last week I received my order of three minerals from John Betts. I placed the order primarily to get my first Phenakite crystal and now I have one of the two applicable species for my Beryllium Suite. The Phenakite specimen exhibits repeated twinning of the re-entrant faces on the termination, known colloquially as “drill-bit” twinning among collectors. The crystal is from Mount Antero in Chaffee County, Colorado.
The other two minerals were ordered as a bit of an afterthought. I didn’t have Fluorapatite represented in my collection, so I figured it was about time to get a decent Calcium Phosphate for my Calcium Suite. This rock hails from Emmons Quarry in Oxford County, Maine.
The last specimen is a floater crystal of Smoky Quartz, my eighth Quartz specimen overall. The examples of this species I acquired earlier in the hobby are damaged, so I’ve been since obtaining perfect specimens. This crystal is absolutely free of damage and doubly-terminated with that nice glassy earthen colour. It’s from the Crystal Peak District in the Park-Teller Counties, Colorado.