Bertierite w. Stibnite
Herja Mine, Chiuzbala , Baia Mare
15.7 x 6.2 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A super, large display specimen of a specie that is not often considered as a display-worthy mineral! A brushy tree like spray of well defined Berthierite with fine steel- grey color and very bright luster. In perfect condition and good looking on all sides, this is an older piece from the Herja Mine, ex Carter Rich and William Hladysz. This area of Romania produced what are by far the worlds best of the specie and this is a top percentile specimen that is certainly among the very best pieces. Now that the mines are closed this is certainly to be considered a classic. Much better in person.
Realgar with minor Stibnite etc.
Shaft #5, level 280, Baia Sprie (Felsobanya)
7.4 x 5.1 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Excellent deep red crystals of Realgar are both laying on and standing up from Quartz rich matrix. There are numerous areas of tiny needles of Stibnite throughout and a very thin seam that seems to contain a small bleb of crystalline Gold (seen at 40-80X). The main event here is the Realgar from the finds of more than a decade ago. In excellent condition overall but some edge bruising is seen with magnification on the smaller crystals. A very nice example from this find from a defunct location that is esthetic and reasonable.
For many collectors, the most desirable Barites (Baryte) are the rare, classic Romanian specimens colored bright red by Included Realgar. This is a choice old specimen in excellent condition with delicate orange-red Barites on contrasting matrix. The crystals show sheaf-like bundles and rosettes well separated from the matrix and free standing. Crystallized on both sides this has very strong display impact. Almost impossible to find today even average specimens have become very expensive.
Stibnite- tabular crystals
7.6 x 6.2 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Choice old Cavnic Stibnite with the rare type of flattened crystals. Sharp and clean, fine metallic luster and very three dimensional. These mines are closed and specimens of this quality are not often available. Even more impressive in person.
Very well formed, large (to 4 CM across) rosettes of sharp and lustrous Semseyite in undamaged condition. The matrix is a mix of lustrous black Sphalerites and Sphaerosiderite balls colored by Boulangerite. A few Chalcopyrites sprinkled in add a little extra color. These are the biggest undamaged osettes we have handled, the overall esthetics is very strong and fine for the specie.
Colorful and with a flowerlike form, this is an excellent Calcite from the famed Cavnic mine of Romania. Sharp scalenohedral crystals radiating in a spherical mass have been coated with small Pyrite crystals and have internal coloring perhaps from Hematite. The back of the mass is broken where it was removed but the front display side is quite fine and undamaged. Lots of impact and far better in person.
An unusually fine, rich and even attractive specimen of well crystallized Fizelyite. A rare Silver and Lead sulfosalt that is most often a "black ugly", this specimen is quite appealing. This has very bright luster and sharp form, dense crystal coverage and is associated with some fans of Semsyite on a Sulphide matrix. From the old Finds at Herja / Baia Mare, Romania which is they type locality for the specie. Hard to fine in good specimens this is far above average for quality and condition.
A killer esthetic pseudomorph that has bright flattened Galenas arranged epitaxially and completely replacing large Pyrrhotite crystals. This was previously in the Minette, Loud and Hladysz collections. This is also the very best example of this unusual replacement I have seen, in excellent undamaged condition and impressive from all sides. The original Pyrrhotite crystals shapes are perfectly preserved and reach to 7.5 CM across.