The Marble Quarries of Carrara are world famous source of the highest quality carving and building stone. For centuries these Quarries were the first choice for a pure, brilliant Marble. They have also been the source of limpid Quartz crystals found on occasion that are impressive, colorless and perfect. This is a choice example of this sort of Quartz, flawless and transparent, sitting on the white Marble. The largest prism is a right handed Quartz 1.7 CM tall. A good find of these in 2018 yielded a nice selection of top quality pieces which are not very often available. We selected this from the lot of almost 100 pieces as a very good value, esthetic and with the classic presentation.
An old Italian specimen that is loaded with several well crystallized rarities. Included older labels have misidentified the Metastibnite as Kermesite which it does indeed look like. Aside from that, this hosts well developed crystals of Klebelsbergite in several forms, Peretaite, Sulphur, Stibnite, Valentinite and possibly Ottensite and Minyulite. A real treat under the microscope, but the largest metastibnite crystal is 2.8 CM and needs no magnification.
A very old, classic specimen mounted on a 19th century wooden pedestal. Old labels are included one of which shows a date of 1810 or 1870 (very hard to read). Either way this is a classic, antique piece with very good condition, form and clarity in the body. Type locality and a great addition to any display of vintage or modern tourmaline.
5 x 4.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A nice Italian Stibnite from Grosseto, with a great gunmetal silver luster. Crystals up to 3 CM long are in sprays on a dark sulfide matrix. Our labels from previous collections do not list the mine but this is a very good match for the Pereta mine in Scansano. Mostly undamaged showing a variety of terminations, some minor damage is noted but not easily noticed. Ex Larry White collection 1960's vintage but likely collected long before then. This is much nicer in person