An exceptional display quality specimen ex Marshall Sussman collection. Rare combo from this most classic locale, native copper in wires and branches is heavily encrusted with bright Malachite (Balls and drusy crystals) and dusted with thousands of small sparkling Dolomites. The main Cerussite is 3.6 CM in diameter and that too is dusted with tiny Dolomites. The whole thing has strong esthetics and is in fine condition. No damage by naked eye but 10-20X magnification finds a very few, very tiny chips that can not be seen otherwise. Brilliant sparkling luster, displays great from many positions. A fine addition to any Tsumeb suite or classic collection.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
4.7 x 4.3 x 4.4 CM (miniature)
With all the great Pyromorphites that came from Daoping only a very small percentage were super esthetic. This miniature is clearly exceptional. Well formed, composed of three dimensional tree like sprays with top color, luster and undamaged. Displays well from all sides. This has a mix of light color needle crystals and larger fat hoppered barrel habit that have wet look deep green color. From the 2000 vintage find that was perhaps the best ever, this is clearly NOT typical!
Azurite & Malachite
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi Dist., Chizhou Pref
8 x 5.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Bright colors, well crystallized and in excellent condition, this is far better than most Chinese Azurites. Ex Shields Flynn collection, the luster and structure is similar to some Milpillas specimens, but with careful examination the Anhui "look" is seen. Very three dimensional and with a rich wet look that is very eyecatching.
Perfectly exposed and elegantly perched Apatite crystal 3.6 CM in diameter contrasts with the stepped crystals of Albite. In fine condition and with bright luster the Apatite is a light salmon pink with yellowish central areas. Transparent (but with internal veils) the crystal is complete and the front and sides are perfect, undamaged. The backside has some minor contact damage that is out of sight in any display angle. Esthetic and distinctive.
Scapolite - Purple gem crystal
Kukurt, Pamir Mts
Viloyati Mukhtori Gorno-Badakhsha,
3.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
A rich deep purple gemmy Scapolite from the finds in the 1990s. The color is a bit hard to capture but in person it has a strong impact for size. One edge has some contacts that are not seen on display the overall condition is quite fine. These are now quite uncommon in the market, this one has a good gem interior and could facet a sizable stone or two.
Pyromorphite (Arsenian color)
Bunkerhill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shosone County
2.7 x 2.6 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
Sweet and choice wet-look deep orange reddish Pyromorphite from the classic Bunker Hill. Distinct botryoidal crystals with clear faces can be easily seen. In fine condition with great luster the form is a little like a mushroom. Excellent toenail size with fine impact for the size.
A bizzare association, well formed slightly translucent Cassiterites sitting on Quartz with a crude 5 CM Stibnite crystal along one edge. The question was recently asked if this is Stibnite or Bismuthinite, and we have not yet made an analysis. The Cassiterites have good luster and form, very three dimensional. Ex Shields Flynn collection, via Bert Ottens, I have never seen another of these. There is a matrix repair that is not visible.
From the now classic finds at Brumado, a very well composed cluster of glassy deep green crystals. In fine condition with a few tiny flecks of adhering quartz otherwise this is all Uvite. Prior to these finds almost all known Uvite was black. There seems to be little to no new production now.