Francon Quarry Minerals For Sale, Page 2

 

 

The cover on this issue of Mineralogical Record says it all.  The Francon Quarry in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is finally notice for its fine minerals: weloganite, dresserite, franconite sabinaite, doylite, hydrodresserite, strontianite, strontiodresserite, celestine, quartz, pyrite, goethite and many others too.     The Francon Quarry in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is finally notice for its fine minerals such as this outstanding dresserite.  Others include weloganite, franconite sabinaite, doylite, hydrodresserite, strontianite, strontiodresserite, strontianite, fluorite, celestine, quartz, pyrite, goethite and many others too.  The Francon Quarry in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is finally notice for its fine minerals such as this weloganite.  Others include dresserite, franconite sabinaite, doylite, hydrodresserite, strontianite, strontiodresserite, strontianite, fluorite, celestine, quartz, pyrite, goethite and many others too. 

                     Weloganite                                           Strontianite                                 Weloganite                                      Franconite                               Weloganite and Quartz

 

The January-February (vol. 37, # 1) did a fantastic job of showcasing the minerals of the Francon Quarry in Montreal, Canada.  An entire issue totally devoted to this important locality and its minerals!  They even went as far as to reprinting some images needing color corrections in the next issue.  "Nice job Min. Record."

"The Francon Quarry ranks as the second most prolific type locality in Canada after Mont Saint-Hilaire.  It has yielded ten new mineral species: weloganite, dresserite, hydrodresserite, strontiodresserite, sabinaite, franconite, doyleite (co-type locality), hochelagaite (co-type locality), montroyalite and voggite.  Weloganite, described in 1968, established the quarry as a world-famous mineral collecting site.  Weloganite was the first known zirconium carbonate, and remarkably, it occurs as attractive, well-formed crystals up to 6 cm in size.  Ninety species have been documented from the quarry, mostly from unique, dawsonite-rich carbonatized phonolite sills which are genetically part of the Monteregion Hills alkaline igneous province." (Tarassoff, et. al., 2006)

Now that the quarry has been filled (with trash!) and is no longer open to collectors, where does one acquire these fine and rare specimens?  I have seen a few on the internet...always, SOLD.  Thanks to the fine collecting efforts of Dr. Steve Chamberlain we now have a fantastic assemblage of Francon minerals.  His 15 years of work are shown here in what amounts to the finest selection of Francon Quarry minerals to be found for sale, anywhere!  Add one or more to your collection quickly.  There will be no more of these rare specimens available in the future.

***IMPORTANT NOTES***    Many of these specimens contain additional minerals which are not listed in their descriptions.  Only the macro- crystals are noted so any other minerals found under closer inspection can be considered nice bonuses.  Also, the white coating found on many of the weloganites is most likely Franconite.  The weloganite from Francon fluoresces under S.W., M.W. and L.W. ultraviolet light.  It is also pyroelectric and triboluminescent (emitting bluish - white flashes when fractured).

 

 

 

 

OKD-559

Barite pseudomorph

OKD-559    Analcime pseudo after Barite      RESERVED       Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.    Tiny clear to white crystals of analcime coat three barite crystals (and one missing one's base) and the complete inside of this 6 cm partial vug.  The crystals are well formed and of a high luster for such an unusual encrustation pseudomorph.  9 x 5.5 x 4 cm overall.   65$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-561

Dresserite

Weloganites

OKD-561    Dresserite, Quartz and Weloganite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.    A fantastic grouping of tiny white balls of the rare mineral dresserite.  A couple of balls missing when viewed in close up (magnification).  Small quartz crystals and weloganites here as well but the dresserites steal the show.  The cluster measures a whopping 2 cm and is up high on the specimen.  It views well from the front and even the back.  Trimmed to a compact 4 x 4.5 x 3 cm. The piece stands up nicely and is certainly exceptional for the species.  350$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-564

Hour-glass weloganite

OKD-564    Weloganite, Calcite, Dawsonite and Albite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.    Yellow and white weloganites lay on edge and stand up within a vug measuring 2 x 2.5 cm.  The weloganites are up to 1.5 cm.  Two are broken but the "hour glass" weloganite stands up nicely.  Minor calcite crystals and dawsonite as accessory minerals.  Another great specimen at...180$  

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-565

OKD-565    Strontianite, Fluorite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.   Wow...a colorful specimen from Francon!.  Translucent white balls of strontianite to several millimeters look larger than they really are when viewed on this purple matrix of micro fluorite.  Attractive and unusual specimen for Francon.  Damage free.  6 x 3.4 cm plate which displays very well.  95$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-566

OKD-566    Weloganite, Calcite, Dawsonite and Albite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.    Numerous well formed weloganites (mostly on perimeter of vug) and two compound balls of dresserite on quartz.  Damage free.  3.5 x 4 cm opening with dresserite measuring up to 4 millimeters.  A good specimen which measures 7 x 5 x 4.5 overall.  125$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-568

Weloganite spray.

OKD-568    Weloganite and Cryolite     Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.    Two rare minerals tucked down in a pair if interconnected vugs to 3 cm each.  The weloganites are in a spray of crystals which lies flat on the matrix of the opening while the clear cryolites (to .5 cm each) are protruding from the vugs sides.  These crystals are not as clearly visible as some of the other pieces.  Damage free.  95$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-569

Big weloganites

OKD-569    Weloganite, Calcite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.     Big, stocky weloganites to 1.3 cm long.  The primary crystal is a pair with the one on the backside being hour glass shaped.  They are well terminated while several others on the periphery are broken.  Several quartz crystals grow out of the base of the main weloganite.  A big piece at 10 x 6 x 5 cm.  A very fine specimen.  225$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-570

OKD-570    Weloganite on Quartz     Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.     An exceptional grouping of weloganites to over a cm each are scattered within this vug.  The opening measures 3.5 x 3.5 cm.  Most of the crystals are well terminated and somewhat hour-glass shaped.  A couple weloganites on the edges are broken.  A fine, attractive piece from a site that gave up so few.  230$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-665

OKD-665    Strontianite, Dawsonite, Marcasite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Big 13 x 6 x 5 cm specimen which is approx 40% vug.  It is filled with crystals which measure up to 1 cm each.  There is marcasite which is partially pseudomorphing the largest of the quartz crystals.  Sawn base.  80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-666

OKD-666    Strontianite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  7 x 4.5 x 3 cm piece with a vug having strontianites to .5 cm each.  Various other minerals which are not identified.  Sawn base.  10$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-667

OKD-667    Celestine and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Beautifully formed 1.5 cm spray of white celestine on druze quartz.  There are also balls of a yellow mineral ??? to the left of the celestine.  Damage free and very displayable for a Francon specimen.  7 x 6 x 3 cm overall.  65$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-668

OKD-665    Dresserite, Weloganite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  An attractive vug measuring 3 x 2.5 cm containing well formed, undamaged crystals.  Largest of these is .5 cm.  Entire specimen is 6 x 4.5 x 3.5.  Nice rare minerals in good form.  145$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-669

OKD-669    Strontianite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Beautifully formed, reticulated strontianite measuring 1.7 cm stands to the left of a nice 1.8 cm quartz crystals.  The crystals look rather drab in color but are wonderfully formed and interesting.  The piece measures 6.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm.  Good piece.  85$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-670

OKD-670    Strontianite, Dawsonite, Marcasite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A great combination specimen with clear and yellow calcites to several millimeters each, white dawsonite balls to 2 millimeters each and several yellow weloganites to .8 cm each.  The weloganites are mostly near the edges of the vug while the other minerals are dispersed throughout.  The vug is approx. 6 x 6 cm and the piece 7.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm and stands up nicely.  A displayable, undamaged classic!  275$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-671

OKD-671    Dawsonite       Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  HUGE dawsonite crystal (approx 1.5 x 1.5 cm) in a 3 cm vug.  This translucent white crystal is tabular, undamaged and complex.  There are several other dawsontite crystals in the opening but this monster takes center stage.  Partially sawn on five sides.  6.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm overall.  One of the best examples of this rare mineral that I have seen.  A fine specimen for the discriminating collector.  220$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-672

OKD-672    Hematite, Celestine and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Fine metallic sprays of hematite stained celestine to 2 cm each on quartz.  The vug measures 5 cm while the piece is 10 x 6.5 x 3 cm.  60$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-673

OKD-673    Celestine      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  These are perfectly formed, mostly clear celestine crystals to .5 cm each.  The photo is not even close in showing this specimen's true beauty.  4.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm.    60$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-674

OKD-674    Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A fine large piece filled with yellow weloganites (most covered by white franconite) to over a cm each.  Most are coffin shaped and well formed.  An exceptional specimen measuring 8 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm.  Sawn backside.  Stands upright on two different sides for display.  Quality piece without damage.  190$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-675

OKD-675    Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Very large, to 1.2 cm, yellow weloganites in a small 4 cm vug.  About half of the crystals are poorly formed and the other half are perfection.  The quartz crystals are tiny and smoky.  An exceptional piece which measures 6.2 x 4 x 3 cm.  Rare, damage free and certainly displayable.  210$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-676

OKD-676    Strontianite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  3.4 x 2.3 cm plate of strontianite needles.  Good example for someone assembling a suite from this important locale.  40$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-677

OKD-677    Albite and Dresserite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Sawn back allows this plate to stand vertically.  7 x 5 x 2 cm.  It shows off a tiny vug with white/ clear albites and a couple of dresserite balls.  The dresserites are deep inside and not visible from a frontal view so I'll accept   20$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-678

OKD-678    Celestine and Strontianite      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Nicely formed clear/ white celestine crystals to .7 cm.  The strontianite is minor but evident.  Large 11 x 6. 5 x 2 cm plate which is sawn flat on back.  Most of the face of specimen is part of a vug and crystallized.  Nice.  85$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-679

OKD-679    Weloganite, Dresserite, Calcite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Yellow calcites, white dresserite balls and two weloganites on druze quartz.  One of the weloganites is badly cleaved, thus the price reduction.  One side has a small are which is sawn.  9 x 5 x 4 cm.  60$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-680

OKD-680    Quartz , Marcasite and Celestine     Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A large, complex, parallel growth group of cathedral like gray quartz on white celestine.  These double terminated, damage free quartz crystals are peppered with tiny marcasite crystals.  Being just over 4 cm, it is the equal to those in the Min Record article.  The photos don't do this one justice.  80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-681

OKD-681    Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A dome of clear/ gray crystals.  Minor marcasite inclusions.  3.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm.  Displayable and under priced at 40$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-682

OKD-682     Weloganite, Strontianite and Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Smoky quartz crystals on weloganites to .9 cm each.  There is a moderate amount of cleave to the weloganites from matrix contacts but those in the central areas of the vug are quite nice.  The opening is 5.5 cm wide and the specimen measures 9.5 x 5.5 x 2 cm and has a sawn flat back.  Attractive piece.  140$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-683

OKD-683    Weloganites      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Great weloganite crystals to 1.2 cm.  Bright yellow to clear.  The largest crystal is bi colored yellow to clear.  The specimen should probably be nipped down to a miniature.  The vug is 3 cm and the piece 9 x 3 x 2.2 cm.  Sawn back side.  A truly fine damage free example of this rare mineral.  Aesthetic specimen.  200$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-684

OKD-684    Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A fine specimen with several dozen weloganites (white, covered by franconite) to .5 cm.  One crystal is cleaved, hardly noticeable, but everything else is very nice.  Excellent and rare specimen.  5 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm.  120$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-685

Back

Close up of vug on back.

OKD-685    Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  About two dozen beautifully formed, zoned growth weloganite crystals to 1 cm each filling the front vug on this 10 x 8.5 x 5 cm block.  Sawn on two sides so it can be displayed several different ways.  This primary pocket is 5 cm.  A fine specimen as is but it also has a second pocket on the back side.  This one has three weloganite crystals within the double terminated quartz.  All crystals are damage free an easy to make out.  Several forms to the weloganite crystals.  Great piece!!  260$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-686

OKD-686     Weloganites on Quartz      Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  All tiny crystals within this flat void.  6 x 3.5 x 2 cm.  Lots of variety but they are tiny crystals!  30$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKD-687

OKD-687    Weloganite, Quartz, Galena on Albite    Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A nice yellow, .4 cm weloganite and other minerals on a bed of white acicular albite crystals.  Specimen is oversized at 10.5 x 6.8 x 2.2 and should be trimmed down.  There is a missin weloganite on edge of vug.   40$

 

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