Sharp, bright gemmy red Realgar with intense color. This specimen has minimal matrix and has not been displayed in bright light so it is still very impressive. This was mined in 2005 so it has held its color very well. Minimal bruises on a few edges are not easily seen by naked eye and the main crystals are in fine shape. The Shimen mine was at one time a prolific source of super (maybe the worlds best) Realgars, but it is no longer operating. The backside of the specimen has just a hint of matrix on it and is contacted where it was attached but the rest is very well crystallized and nearly all crystals show double terminations. Unusually fine for one of these.
One of the most colorful and attractive of the Uranium minerals, the Copper rich version of Sklowdowskite. This one has the brilliant green needle crystals protected in a vug. The associated species are best seen with magnification but do add some contrast and color. From the famed mine of Musonoi in the Katanga Copper region that produced what are certainly the best examples of the specie more than 20 years ago, this is a good example that will not break the bank.
stock #SOLD 18.1-750- TMP
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
3.1 x 1.6 x .8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A clean, damage free crystal aggregate that is doubly terminated and displays a slight rotation or twist. Tiny Analcime and Natrolites are attached but this is overall just Serandite. Good Salmon pink colored and well developed flat terminations on top of these crystals makes a very choice thumbnail. A very good St. Hillaire specimen, a good value.
A small thumbnail showing intense green core clear Grossular crystals. This habit was often called "frog egg" and was only found at the Jeffrey Mine, and only rarely. Ex Larry White collection, he obtained this in 1975, at that time it was labeled as a Uvarovite, a common error when these were first found. This specimen has super sharp, gemmy crystals with a small bit of matrix. The luster is bright glassy, transparent and is over all in fine condition. Looks especially great under magnification where small details can pop out. These have become very hard to get and it seems there will never be more. Small but very eye catching.
Variscite- pure gem nodule
Utahlite Hill, Lucin, Lucin Sistrict, Pilot Range, Box Elder County
11.4 x 8.5 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
A big polished half nodule of very choice gem grade Variscite with top grade color. Some patterns showing faintly but overall a strong and even color. 328 grams nearly all gem grade with just a thin skin on the exterior, super rich. This is an old piece from the less well known Utahlite Hill that had a more pure Variscite than the better known Clay Canyon locale.
Barite -rosette form
Quarry near Baixa Prison, Joao Pessoa
4.3 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Transparent to translucent Barite crystals in a distinct Rosette form. From an unusual locality in Brazil, the crystals have well-defined phantoms as well. In fine condition as seen, there is minimal matrix. Ex William Hladysz collection, an almost never seen Barite from Brazil that is very esthetic.
HOLD Pentahydroborite with Wurtzite
stock #HOLD 18-AX-32-221
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League
Inner Mongolia Region,
3.8 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (small miniature)
Pentahydroborite is a rare Hydrous Calcium Borate, that has only been found a few times in very few widely scattered small deposits. The most recent finds were in the 1990s in Japan and in a single pocket in 2014 in Inner Mongolia. There have been no more since. This piece is well crystallized and is in excellent undamaged condition from Inner Mongolia. There is a little Wurtzite that adds some contrast as well. The crystals are in two different habits and some are in leafy groupings.
Large, sharp, and very translucent, this single crystal of Parisite is exceptional. The bright red brown color and glassy luster make this stand out. Parisites have been found sporadically at the Emerald mines near Muzo, but usually much smaller, damaged or opaque. This is a textbook example of the tapering habit seen at Muzo. Perfectly eye clean for damage but very tiny chip can be found with 20X magnification. In 15 years of travel and worki with Colombian minerals, this is the best single crystal of Parisite we have had.