Choix, Municipio de Choix
5 x 3.2 x 1.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Top color, a bright pink Smithsonite from an old find at Choix. This small prospect has been the source of some incredible Smithsonites with remarkable colors. This is a really intense "bubble gum" pink even more vivid in person. The delicate botryoidal form is quite three dimensional on this piece. No longer available the locality has become too dangerous for any mining, and in recent years very few good specimens were found as the locale is more or less played out. Great display impact for the size
Ruby (Corundum) on Marble
Mogok, Pyin-oo-Lwin District
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A sharp, doubly terminated pink to red Ruby sits well exposed on contrasting Calcite/ Marble. The Crystal is 2.3 CM long, and shows bright luster and sharp striations. Vividly fluorescent as well, the crystal is complete despite a few cracks, and has a good translucence.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.3 x 3 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An especially fine, perfect and odd "Carthage Corner" Fluorite that is almost colorless but with a hint of purple in person. These strange etched crystal corners are quite incredible and distinctive for the Elmwood mines. This one is especially exotic with extra finger-like growths one edge which also look like tiny "corners". The specimen is displayable from all sides and the geometric etchings are as sharp as any I have seen. An American classic and a choice Fluorite for any suite. Even better in person.
A super esthetic older piece from finds made more than 50 years ago (predating the famed Lees pocket). This is in flawless condition the cluster of Barites has fine steel blue color and contrasts with a yellowish Calcite matrix. In addition to the nice arrangement some of the Barite faces show a very unusual etching pattern seen in some photos here. Lots of visual impact for the size, the color is a bit richer than the more recent finds, all in all far better than "above average", an excellent old time Colorado specimen.
A pair of sliced and polished Laguna agates with unusual bright pink, yellow and orange hues. One of the pair is the end piece of the nodule the other is a two sided slice and these match well. Fine and complete all around with no chipping or cracks, Laguna agates are now the most sought after and larger sizes have become very expensive. This is a small cabinet sized older piece that has a strong color palate and reasonable cost.
SOLD Opal - precious opal
stock #SOLD 15.1-137
Carbonera Mine, La Trinidad, Tequisquiapan Municipality
5.1 x 3 x 1.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Unusual locality for this sort of opal that looks very Australian. The Carbonara mine in Mexico has produced mostly a reddish "Fire Opal" but small amounts of precious Opal with a milky white base have been found over the years. This piece has quite good fire with red, green, blue and some orange color flashes.
Sphalerite -gemmy red on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
5.6 x 3.4 x 2.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Perfect Sphalerite crystal is esthetically displayed on contrasting druzy Quartz. No damage, this is bright, sharp and far better in person, this crystal glows a rich ruby-red with backlighting, yet still looks fine under normal conditions. An older Shuikoushan specimen with outstanding luster and presence. Excellent value for a clean small cabinet specimen with character.
Enargite -Classic locale
Leonard Mine, 3800 foot level, Butte
5.2 x 4.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A cluster of unusually bright, lustrous and sharp Enargite crystals with a few small Pyrite and Quartz on the edges. In excellent undamaged condition with Enargites free standing up to 1.7 CM. A choice, classic Leonard Mine (Butte, Montana) specimen from the golden age of mining there. The flashy luster on this black Copper Sulphide is quite esthetic (and even attractive for a black mineral)compared with the more usual sooty black specimens.