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hiddenite

[′hid·ən‚īt]
(mineralogy)
A transparent green or yellowish-green spodumene mineral containing chromium and valued as a gem.
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Since the late 1870's the Hiddenite district has produced North America's largest emeralds.
Pocket minerals include quartz, muscovite, carbonates, albite, rutile, clay, beryl, sulfides and rare hiddenite and graphite.
com) had still another fresh swarm of gem-quality spodumene variety hiddenite, starring one single crystal of classic form and (in its top half) deepest green color, measuring about 12 cm long.
In December of 2003, a 2 X 2-meter pocket was opened at the Hill mine (formerly the Rist mine), in Hiddenite, North Carolina, and, besides a few of the emerald crystals which were the objects of the search, the workers found a few very dramatic siderite specimens, with sharp brown rhombohedral crystals to 5 cm associated with brilliant red-brown needle crystals of rutile and translucent white rhombohedral crystals of dolomite.
Joe Polityka wrote from Springfield on the new--I repeat, new--gem-quality crystals of spodumene variety hiddenite which have emerged very lately from the classic locality for the material: the Adams (or Warren) Farm, Alexander County, North Carolina.
Box 239, Little Switzerland, NC 28749) began appearing at the major shows with an old hoard of green gemmy crystals of spodumene variety hiddenite from the classic locality of Hiddenite, North Carolina.
Kunz into North Carolina where he accidentally came across a new gem mineral later named hiddenite (actually chromium-green spodumene).
Also found in the pegmatite pocket were gemmy kunzite and hiddenite spodumene, citrine quartz, lepidolite, "amazonite" microcline, and elbaite crystals to a foot long.
Box 239, Little Switzerland, NC 28749) still have some gemmy green spodumene variety hiddenite crystals from that old stash described in my Denver report .
All of the hiddenite crystals are thin, and have lengths ranging from 2 to 5 cm, and prices ranging from $400 for a small thumbnail to $5000 for the single 5 cm-long specimen.