Fluorite pink, new find
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
3.5 x 2.9 x 2.5 (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A killer small miniature from the great new finds at Huangang, A perfect cluster of two sharp deep pink to almost red Fluorites. These Octahedrons are included by fibers of an Asbestos like mineral, perhaps Byssolite. The condition of this is perfect on all sides, each corner and edge is undamaged. This was a very large and impressive find but this level of perfection was very rare. This was selected from hundreds of pieces. This style of Fluorite is quite unique and absolutely unlike any pinks from any other locality. The faces are lightly frosted and the interiors are very clear. The included fibers are easily seen. The large number of specimens recovered has helped keep the prices reasonable for such incredible specimens.
Henderson Mine, Chibougamou
3 x 2.3 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An esthetic cluster of shining Cubanite crystals all showing classic twinningset on just a sliver of matrix. The Henderson Mine at Chibougamou has been closed for many years, it was the only source of these fine, sizable Cubanite crystals. The largest crystal in this cluster is is 2 CM across, and sits well on top of the specimen. Close exam shows some minor bruising, contacts and natural cracks, so this is not for perfectionists, but as Cubanite is a very delicate mineral this is in relatively fine condition. and far better than average. Some areas that look like damage in the photos are on inspection fully intact and crystalized with a rough texture. The metallic luster is excellent and has a nice patina. These are a modern classic and somthing of a "holy grail" for most collectors, the starburst twinning habit is especially desirable. An excellent value for the quality.
Tanzanite (blue Zoisite) gem crystal
Merelani, Umba Valley, Lelatama Mountains, Arusha Region
3 x 1.1 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An especially vibrant, sharp and clean gem crystal in impeccable condition. The intense blue hue on this is far better than the average and the crystal shows well the famed color shift to a strong royal purple as it is rotated. As the gem values for good Tanzanite is so high the cost of a good specimen with top color can be prohibitive. This is an exception, a small miniature with big visual impact for well under 4 figures. Many Tanzanites have been heat treated to enhance color, it is almost impossible to tell. This one has a hint of red color when viewed down the C axis from the termination. That is said to be a good indication that the color is fully natural.
Bournonite - Cogswheel type crystals
Colavi Mine, Machacamarca district, Cornello Saavedra Province
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine complete cogswheel cluster of Bournonite crystals that is perfect on all sides, undamaged and with classic gunmetal luster. Bournonite is a delicate mineral and perfect clusters of this sort are quite rare. A tiny bit of adhering matrix gives some nice contrast. This is a very fine and unusually sharp specimen from Bolivia that really looks just like a vintage Herodsfoot specimen. From recent mining this is obviously far less expensive than the English classics!
A delicate slender scepter of well formed Amethyst rises from a cluster of smaller crystals. Very fine esthetics and good color in perfect condition. The scepter is included by red needles of Rutile best seen in the clear parts of the head. This specimen also has the rare hexagonal hole or negative crystal in the top of the termination, this is especially impressive with magnification. Despite the small size this has a strong visual impact and is especially choice on close examination.
Vanadinite - large hoppered crystal
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
3.2 x 2.1 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A super sharp geometric sculpture formed by the hoppered faces of this hexagonal crystal. This year there was a major find of very find Vanadinites in Mibladen, probably the best pocket ever found. Large bright red crystals in large numbers were found in several habits, this has an especially esthetic form and is a textbook example of face hoppering. Excellent color with some faces slightly more intense red than others as is typical in this find.
Dioptase very large crystal
3.1 x 1.3 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine large single prism composed of two main parallel crystals that are joining in a single shared termination. Super lustrous with brilliant color, in fine overall condition. The base has a few tiny adhering crystals that are not complete and it is possible to see the break where this was removed from the host mass of Dioptase where this grew. Aside from the matrix the main large crystal is in perfect undamaged condition. From finds a few years ago in the Kaokoveld, large prisms like this were just not known from other locations. A choice example of this find
Elbaite -Rubellite gem crystal
Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose de Safira
3.5 x 1 x .7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
100 percent gem grade Rubellite, mostly a fine cranberry red color with a lightly yellow zoning at the termination. An older Cruzeiro (Brazil) crystal the color is unusually intense for this locality, this looks similar to some Santa Rosa and Jonas mine crystals yet has a sightly different hue. In excellent condition as seen, with even a little backlighting this glows like red glass. The inside is very clean, this is all facet grade that has avoided the cutting wheel. Choice and better in person. Ex John Buckley collection we think this is a 1970 era piece.