Choix, Municipio de Choix
4.3 x 3.4 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
A purple Smithsonite with distinct botryoidal structure and an elegant sculptural form. Purple is perhaps the rarest Smithsonite color and not known from many other localities. From the early finds by Benny Fenn this is a nice miniature that looks fine from either side. Sadly this locality is no longer working as it is quite dangerous at this time. In excellent condition as seen, a nice addition to any suite of Smithsonite or of Mexican minerals.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.5 x 3.4 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
Rich color and bright luster, a fine druse of sharp Adamite crystals on a Gossan Matrix. A few small Calcites and some areas of Conichalcite are also present. The Cuprian Adamite from here are now considered the worlds best by far and can be very esthetic. For years Cuprian Adamite was also known from Tsumeb and was also very attractive but recent studies have shown those should in fact are Zinco-Olivenite. This miniature has two well-crystallized areas that are on opposite sides of the matrix. This specimen is in excellent condition the blue green color is especially bright and this has a good display impact despite the small size.
Small but bright, sharp and gemmy free standing crystals of bright yellow Legrandite. These crystals line a vug with a druse of smaller more pale Legrandites as a background. A small area of Smithsonite in Scalenohedral crystals is also noted on the back of the matrix. This is an older specimen from 1970 vintage finds. Magnification reveals a few broken crystals at the edge but those in the central area are complete and perfect. A very good budget specimen.
A superb gemmy Microlite crystal with very lustrous faces and good color. These were tested to be Fluornatromicrolite but they are also often labeled as "Microlite group" which is a bit less exact. No matter the name, the quality and large size is exceptional and the addition of glassy clear Topaz on the specimen adds some interest too. It is rare to see a crystal so perfect and at 1.5 CM it ranks as a giant for this usually non esthetic specie. From the Urandu mine finds of 2017, this is as fine as has ever been found in Pakistan and for that matter worldwide.
Scheelite with Fluorite
Dongpo Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzohou prefecture
3.7 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
Sharp white octahedral Scheelites cover most of this matrix along with a sharp Fluorite and some scattered Calcite crystals. In fine condition from the Dongpo mine, a locality better known for large Fluorites. This is from a small find made this fall, these are the first Scheelites I have seen from Dongpo, It has some similarities to an older find at Huangshaping mine not very far away.
A complete six ray star of golden Rutile needles radiating from a flat bright Hematite crtystal. Two small additional Hematites with Rutile are also present.Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This can be displayed from either side though the view shown is my preference. A choice textbook example of this wonderful crystal habit.
Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This specimen shows well the mirror bright Hematite crystal with a flat habit hosting radiating golden Rutile needles. In fine condition as seen, the specimen can be viewed from either side and shows textbook quality the star radiating form with epitaxial alignment. Choice.
This amazing find of clear Quartz with bright yellow tips was big news in the mineral world recently. The find seems to be finished and these quickly became prized specimens. This piece is a choice example, with a strong display impact far bigger than the small size. In perfect condition the yellow tipped crystals are mixed with several clear, colorless prisms making a nice contrast. This does not have the muddy, brownish color that many have it is very bright and lively. The inclusions are still unconfirmed but the latest idea is Halloysite. No mater the included mineral the esthetic effect is impressive. Top bright luster and super clarity, a fine addition to any quartz suite or just for a spot of color on the shelf.