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Kellyite & Alleghanyite


Kellyite & Alleghanyite

Type Locality

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Bald Knob, Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, United States of America
Size Range: 
Miniature (4.5-7 cm)
2 × 5 × 1.5 cm

Judging from Mindat, kellyite is a very rare mineral, found only in seven localities. It is also not very photogenic – as can be seen from the first two close-up photos here and the three (3!) photos on Mindat.

This specimen is from the TL and - according to the label – it is associated with rounded translucent grains of “rosy” alleghanyite, “less rosy” octahedral grains of galaxite and black jacobsite (e.g. bottom of the first photo) in kutnohorite matrix. The kellyite is the yellow/orange, serpentine looking, blade in the center of the first two photos. It spans about ½ mm. You will need 30X – and the help of a red arrow – to see it. Two more arrows point to other kellyte blebs – not easy to spot.

The second close-up shows rounded, translucent, “rosy” grains of alleghanyite. If there are also “less rosy”, octahedral, grains of galaxite, I fail to recognize them. This is just a small section of the specimen (FOV 6.4 x 4.3 mm). There are plenty of other “rosy” grains. Bald Knob is also the TL for alleghanyite (as well as for galaxite).

Weight 1.2 oz. Single item shipping weight (no case) 3.2 oz. Up to 4 oz, one or two small items could be combined for the same postage.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock


Type Locality: 
Bald Knob deposit (Primary ore body; Crouse Knob deposit), Bald Knob, Sparta, Alleghany Co., North Carolina, USA


Crystal System: 
Type Locality: 
Bald Knob, Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, United States of America
LMB minerals

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