A Colorado classic, the Eagle mine has provided many fine specimens over the years. This is a very good Rhodo with individual sharp rhombs to 2 CM covering most of the surface. Scattered Sphalerites on the display side (and many more on the reverse side) add extra sparkle. It is rare to find examples this good from the location. This old timer is in exceptional condition, all the main rhombs are perfect. A great addition for a Colorado collection or a rhodochrosite suite.
An older specimen of sharp, deep purple Fluorite on matrix from the Mina Ojuela. Close examination shows pristine clear Wulfenites, as well as several other species. The Fluorites are undamaged and present well. FL pale red.
A very nice example of Cumberland pyromorphite with a strong green color. Individual crystals are mostly under 2 mm and form a dense carpet on the matrix. Shows good coverage on both sides. Collected by John Marshall in 1994, his notes state:
"one of the best found there, perhaps indicative of what may still be found deeper"
A very old specimen from Bleistadt, this vuggy matrix holds about half a dozen lustrous Pyros. Similar but slightly darker than Bad Ems color these crystals reach 9mm. From the famous Lechner collection that was sold by Schortmann in the 60's. Classic and very rare, in excellent condition.
Good Spinel twins are rare from Peru, these are especially fine, very sharp and attractive. From John Marshall's worldwide Galena collection, this is a very distinctive and esthetic piece, he held it in high regard.
Galena with Sphalerite
Mid Continent Mine, Baxter Springs
9.8 x 8.9 CM (cabinet)
A nice, well composed galena from the Mid Continent mine. Good luster on crystals that reach 3 cm, displays very well and a nice addition to any suite of Galena or Tri-state classics. Sharp and excellent damage wise. Specimens like this have become scarce as the mines have been closed for several decades now.
Galena with Calcite
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
6.9 x 6.4 (cabinet)
The mines of Madan have produced some incredible and strange Galenas. This is certainly one unusual and attractive example. Galena crystal faces with growth hillocks and hoppered zones are like modern art, decorated with calcite rhombstacks and drusy aggregates. The Galena is mirror bright with gleaming luster. If you like interesting and esthetic galena this will be a welcome addition to your collection.
Chondrodite on calcite
stock #8-BUR 883
Mogok, Pyin-oo-Lwin District
6.5 x 6.6 CM (miniature)
A single orange brown Chondrodite crystal of over 2 CM sits on contrasting Calcite. The matrix also has a few micro spinels scattered on it but the Chodrodite is the main event. A very sizable and undamaged example with the typical melted look for this region. These have not been available for some time, and this piece is one of the best I have seen for Chondrodite from Mogok.