For decades, New England mineral collectors have been drawn to Diamond Ledge in north central Connecticut in search of the excellent quality milky quartz crystal plates and clusters for which it is famous. Those who have worked the site with grit, determination, and back-breaking labor have regularly been rewarded with significant specimens. And, those lucky enough to find pockets have sometimes brought home several 5-gallon buckets filled with these highly aesthetic and desirable plates of large-size milky quartz crystals. This well-known, prolific locality is in Shenipsit State Forest, in West Stafford, Tolland Co., Connecticut. It is a wooded area, giving plenty of shade even on a hot summer day, and at the bottom of the steep slope where collectors dig for crystals is a stream with a waterfall and ample pools of water for rinsing mud off of specimens or taking a quick bath.

1.8" New Find from CT Purple Violet AMETHYST Double Terminated Scepter Crystal for sale

Jason Baskin and his cohorts at Jay's Minerals of New Jersey made an exciting new find of amethyst in an undisclosed locality in Windham County, Connecticut in April & May of 2015. They brought their new finds to the East Coast Gem & Mineral Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where the amethyst created an immediate sensation. (Jay seems to be making a habit of this, as he is the guy who showed up at last year's show with the new Red Ember Mine garnets in graphite.) He reports that he was extracting the amethyst at the 11th hour (literally), the night before the site was bulldozed for construction. That, alas, means there will not be any more of this excellent new material.