Fluorapatite on Beryl V. Aquamarine
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
4 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
A fascinating miniature specimen, both unusual and pretty. A 3.2 CM tall well formed Apatite crystal is joined by two gem clear Aquamarine crystals. Both Aquas have some unknown inclusions of brown hairlike crystals and negative crystal forms inside. The Apatite has some inclusions too but less visible as it is milky and mostly opaque. A very nice arrangement and no matrix at all. The condition is very good overall, there are very small contacts on the Aquas and the bottoms of the crystals are incomplete, but the terminations are fine. A very nice association specimen.
Fluorapatite on Muscovite
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
5.4 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp purple Apatites are scattered on a finger of fine grained muscovite in an esthetic grouping. Crystals reach 1.7 CM and most show good color zoning. A choice small cabinet specimen that displays well from the classic mines of Panasquiera. One small contact can be found on a lower edge otherwise this is in perfect undamaged condition.
Clean and rich pink Apatite crystals in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. A few of the intersections and backsides are coated with unidentified micro crystals of what seems to be 2 differnt minerals, presumably Phosphates. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. Fine glassy luster and in very good condition as seen.
Super form and esthetics for this distinctive style apatite! Rich pink Apatite crystals are in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. The display face of the specimen is in fine condition, there is a clean contact on the reverse side and a break at the base where this was removed but not visible in any normal display angle. This is the best we have seen of this style from the new find.
From the now famed La Marina mine this is a more rare habit of elongated prism Apatite. Sharp, choice and with great color this deposit more typically had flattened equant or stretched tabular forms. From the recent find this is the best example of the form we have seen.
Sapo Mine, Goiabeira
6.3 x 3.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Bi-colored and very lustrous Apatites are clustered in a stacked grouping that is a perfect floater (crystallized all around). No damage and displayable from any angle, this 2010 vintage Sapo mine piece is similar in form to some Alpine cleft type specimens. Sapo has produced many interesting and attractive habits and colors over the years, this is quite distinctive and more impressive in person.
A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well known finds at the La Marina Emerald mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glasslike luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.
Perfectly exposed and elegantly perched Apatite crystal 3.6 CM in diameter contrasts with the stepped crystals of Albite. In fine condition and with bright luster the Apatite is a light salmon pink with yellowish central areas. Transparent (but with internal veils) the crystal is complete and the front and sides are perfect, undamaged. The backside has some minor contact damage that is out of sight in any display angle. Esthetic and distinctive.