Elbaite on Quartz
Paprok, Kamdesh District
3.3 x 1.9 x .9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute thumbnail featuring a zoned Elbaite crystal 2.3 CM long. Complete, undamaged and terminated, the color is a mint pastel green. With strong magnification a tiny Hambergite crystal is seen on one face of the Tourmaline.
An incredible geometric maze made with interlocked stepped cubic crystal structures. A super thumbnail or toenail (it will fit in a TN box) from a 2018 find at the September Ninth Mine in Madan. This one shows intricate examples of epitaxial growth, hoppering and cubic stacking. This small find produced what may be the best ever hoppered skeletal Galena crystals. This is even more impressive in person, and displays well from most any angle. This specimen has some associated Sphalerite that acts a small matrix and gives contrast for the metallic Galena.
Herold, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
9.4 x 7.1 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
Rich well crystalized German Berthierite from Saxony. An older specimen with several previous labels, this has very distinct crystals and bright luster. This is noticeably different from better known Romanian Berthierite due to a much brighter luster and vivid golden- silver colors. The specimen has an unusually detailed locality information, roughly translated as the 115M level on track 15, new camp area of the Herold mine. Berthierite is not usually considered as an attractive mineral but this is far more flashy than typical.
Apatite- gem clear in Calcite
Liscombe Deposit, Monmputh, Haliburton County
3.2 x 2.4 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
A killer thumbnail from the Liscombe Deposit in Ontario, Canada which in the seventies produced a few exceptional gem Apatites. Some of the best were in a contrasting light pink Calcite. This is a small, perfect example, doubly terminated (the terminations are typically a little rounded as seen) and fully transparent. The faces have a bright glassy luster and the color is vibrant. This does fit in a thumbnail box and is in perfect condition, unrepaired and better in person.
Hematite PS after Marcasite
White Desert, Farafra Oasis
New Valley Governorate,
2.9 x 2.8 x 2.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A perfect complete radiating pseudomorph with super form. I consider these Pseudomorphs from Egypt some of the best values in minerals today. They are sporadically available on the market and sometimes (as in this piece ) have a highly esthetic form. This shows perfectly well the original crystal structures. A choice example, no damage or contacts.
Rhodochrosite- gem clear Rhomb
Black Rock Mine, Black Rock District, Kalahari Manganese Field
Northern Cape Province,
1.4 x .6 x .3 CM (thumbnail)
Small yet very vivid red and super transparent, a colorful gem crystal. , Sharp and perfectly terminated (these almost always have tiny tip cleaves) a very cute Rhodochrosite from the Kalahari. From the Black Rock mine, this is an older collection piece as these were found decades ago, before the big discoveries at NChwanning. Perfect clarity and a choice thumbnail.
From one of the oldest Mine sites in Europe (close to 900 years plus) this is an exceptional vintage specimen. Well formed Cerussites with elongated pseudohexagonal habit are perched across a crystalized Galena face. The Cerussites are a sooty butterscotch yellow-orange color and are mostly in clusters yet are distinct and well separated. Largest reach 2.5 CM Old labels include one from Muralt (Vienna). In remarkable condition for this very delicate specie, there are only some minor bruises on the outer edges. The Galena has a complexly crystalized surface and the Cerussite is quite strongly Fluorescent.
Quartz with Hematite
Chubb Lake, St. Lawrence County
2.2 x 2.1 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A superb thumbnail- doubly terminated Quartz from Chubb Lake that looks remarkably like a fine English (Cumberland area) Quartz. This has inclusions of sharp Hematite crystals and a few on the exterior of a few faces as well. The crystal is quite transparent but densely included with the Hematites so it seems murky inside. In flawless condition, this has very sharp edges and almost non-existanct prism faces (they are under 1 mm in size). This locality has been closed for decades and dates back to the 1850 vintage. Good pieces of this quality are quite rare, certainly less common that their British counterparts.