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These pictures are for the viewing enjoyment of everyone, and are presented as educational and informational. The specimens pictured are not for sale and are the property of myself, other collectors, or museums. Pictures of specimens other than what I own were for the most part taken at large gem and mineral shows.

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antero Mt. Antero taken from the east with a telephoto lens.
anter2tn The main peak from the west side.
anter3tn Looking SW from the top of the peak toward the saddle knob. See if you can spot the hiking trail.
aquacotn A nice double crystal I found in 1978 near a large pocket found by Chuck Barnes.
colmtatn On a collecting trip to the California Mine, Mt. Antero area. Looking roughly south.
robtoptn This is as high as you can drive. Main peak in background.

**The vehicle is at approx. 13,000 feet, accessible by a 4 wheel drive trail just south of the main peak. This trail features loose rock and narrow hairpin turns. Extensive bull-dozing was done here on this saddle knob years ago. You can see the foot trail leading to the top of the peak. The picture of the south knob is the far south end of this ridge, several hundred yards away. Many gems and crystals have been collected off this ridge over the years.
soknobtn Robert Drisgill prospecting the south end of the saddle knob.
snowpatn Looking back down toward the famous "Snowpatch" collecting area . View is to the west.

**Looking west and downward to the famous snowpatch collecting area. Cyclone Mountain is in the middle of the picture, Boulder Mountain and other peaks in the distance.
berylmtn0 Aquamarine beryl in smoky quartz, Carbonate Ridge, Mt. Antero. Spomer collection.
phensmth Phenacites on smoky quartz xl with chlorite, approx. 2" long. Spomer collection.
masquastn Some great aquamarines in the Geo. Robertson/Dave Bunk collection.
maaqua2tn More great Mt. Antero aquas from the Geo. Robertson/Dave Bunk collection.
aqua1 A small but very nice double gem crystal from Mt. White.

**The double crystal of aquamarine was collected in 1978 on our claims on the west side of Mt. Antero, near a large pocket found by Chuck Barnes that year.
aqua2 Another small but nice aqua with phenacite xls attached to the termination. Collected by Bill Hutchinson near the snowpatch.
x Jackstraw beryl crystal cluster from Carbonate Ridge. These occurred in the same pit that the rare morganite beryl was found. Most of the xls from the pit were goshenite (colorless or white)
antero fluorite A beautiful sharp multiple growth cluster of deep violet fluorite from the snowpatch. Found by Jim Grika.
fluorite Octahedral fluorite xls on matrix from "Quartz Corner" below the main peak. Found by Bryan DeVore.
x A matrix piece found by Jim Grika at the snowpatch, containing beryl, quartz, phenacite, and fluorite.
x Another piece found by Jim Grika there. Has nice deep blue aquamarine on smoky quartz, with a cavity containing bertrandite xls.
aquaforsale Other Pages that might be of interest:

Mt. Antero Collecting Blog

Mt. Antero Map Page

William Hutchison's Mt Antero Photos

Colorado Mt. Antero Aquamarines for Sale

Come back again as I plan to add more photos as time permits.

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All photos, scans, gamma corrections, and color adjustments by Robert Spomer, unless otherwise noted.