Galena with Chalcopyrite
Black Cloud Mine, Iowa Gulch, Leadville
4.4 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
Classic older Colorado Galena with well formed, complex cube crystals and a good contrast with the golden Chalcopyrite. Ex Ernie Schlichter, this is in very good condition (no eye visible damages) and quite 3 dimensional, a nice miniature with good luster.
A fine and esthetic "treelike" or cruller specimen of velvety Rosasite on and mixed with malachite. There are some small Calcites as well for a little extra sparkle. Mina Ojuela has produced the best Rosasite known, usually in finds often decades apart. This was from the last find in 2011, mostly low quality but with a few outstanding pieces. I selected this from a small group of the very best. While not large, it has great color, form and eye appeal that make it an affordable yet worthy addition for any collection.
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
At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This example is above average quality, with crystals to 2.8 CM, bi-colored both a deep apple green and a brown to purple-red. Nice contrast with the matrix and in perfect condition too. The location listed by one dealer is Shiurampur and for now I will use that information pending a verification. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Indian mineral collection!
At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This is a better than average example in perfect condition at a more reasonable price. For now the best location we have is Shirurampor, that will be verified soon I expect. An esthetic, dark piece with deep color and nice luster. The crystals are a dark apple green with red-purple zones that adds a lot of nice contrast. We do not usually list many Indian Zeolites unless it is something especially great, and this stuff counts!
A Massachusetts rarity, from the John Marshall collection from a one time find over 40 years ago, during the construction of I 495. Two large, complex pyrites to 4.4 CM are perched on a jumble of micro crystals mostly Magnetites with numerous Xenotime. The right side crystal is in perfect condition, the left shows an old stress crack that is partly rehealed. An exceptional example of this find, I have not seen any better ever. Displays well.
A quite sizable (7.9 CM) and impressive Chinese Emerald with the typical color from this find. This Beryl is not gemmy except on thin edges and not colored by Chromium as are the Colombian Emeralds. Despite that this is still attractive and affordable. The crystal has been repaired (1x) and shows also a natural break and re-healing. A very good addition to a suite of Beryl, Chinese minerals or just as an attractive display piece.
A great multi specie Rhodochrosite and Silver piece that has lots to look at! The Rhodo rhomb is 1.6 CM in size, sharp with rich red color. It is resting on a mass of crystalized Sulfide minerals, Sphalerite and Acanthite being the main ones and has native Silver in wires and curling clusters scattered. The rare associations are well presented, few Wudong area Rhodos have Silver associated, and few of those are esthetic.